Protest held during NATO summit, urging to stop Chinese imperialism in Xinjiang region

Ronit Kawale
Ronit Kawale - Senior Editor
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Representatives of the East Turkistan Government in Exile (ETGE) have urged North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) countries to raise the issue and stand up against atrocities committed by the People’s Republic of China (PRC) against the Uyghur community of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR).

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The ETGE move coincides with the NATO Summit to be held in Washington from July 9 to July 11 this year.

In a post on 'X', ETGE's Minister of Foreign Affairs and Security, Saleh Hudayar, said, “As the NATO summit is underway, we urge NATO to recognize and confront Chinese imperialism. We call on NATO to stand with East Turkistan in our fight for freedom and justice.”

“NATO must take decisive action against Chinese expansionism and the ongoing Uighur genocide in China,” Hudayar said.

In a video message, Hudayar urged NATO to address challenges that threaten the principles of freedom, justice and collective security.

“For 75 years, NATO has stood as a bulwark against tyranny and oppression. It has been a beacon of hope for countless people around the world who seek to live in freedom and dignity,” he said. “We must draw NATO's attention to one of the greatest threats of our time: the expansionist and imperialist ambitions of the Chinese state.”

Hudayar also said, “On December 22, 1949, the independent East Turkistan Republic was forcibly overthrown by the PRC. Since then, our homeland has been the site of systematic colonization, genocide, crimes against humanity, and unimaginable suffering.”

He said the Chinese government has forcibly detained millions of Uighurs, Kazakhs, Kyrgyz and other Turkic peoples in concentration camps and prisons, enslaved them through forced labor, and sought to erase our language, our religion, our traditions and our existence.

Hudayar further said, “These actions by Chinese imperialists are not isolated incidents but are part of a broader strategy of Chinese imperialism that threatens global security and undermines the international rules-based order.”

Additionally, the ETGE leader also said in his statement, “We see this in their aggressive territorial claims in the Southeast Asia Sea and the Pacific, their economic coercion through their multi-trillion dollar Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), and their cyber espionage targeting critical infrastructure around the world.”

He stressed that these actions pose a clear and present danger to the principles of democracy, individual liberty, sovereignty, independence and the rule of law, the very principles that NATO was founded to defend.

The ETGE leader described it as a global fight for freedom, sovereignty, democracy and human rights. “If we allow China's unchecked aggression to continue, the world risks undermining the principles on which NATO was founded,” Hudayar said.

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