The Chinese ambassador to the UK was confronted about the treatment of the Uyghur people in north China in a fiery BBC exchange.
This comes as new footage has emerged showing Uyghur people being bussed out of their region to work as forced labour in factories across the country, a new phase in China’s campaign to forcibly assimilate its Muslim minority.
Ambassador Liu Xiaoming clashed with Andrew Marr when he was shown the disturbing drone video live on-air.
When asked to say what was happening in the footage, Mr Liu was silent before speaking about how the region Xinjiang was the “most beautiful” place.
Mr Marr snapped back, pointing at the video: “Ambassador, that is not beautiful coverage, is it?”
The Chinese diplomat said: “I don’t where you got this video tape.
“Sometimes you have a transfer of prisoners in any country.”
China is to face accusations of genocide at the United Nations after alleged reports of their treatment of the Uyghurs met the definitions.
According to the global organisation, this involved: killing members of a group, causing serious bodily or mental harm to them, deliberately inflicting conditions of life calculated to bring about their physical destruction, imposing measures intended to prevent births and forcibly transferring children to another group.
Mr Liu told the BBC that this was “not true” and the facts “show the opposite”.
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