China opposes Uighur activist`s Australia visit

China has not said if it would take action in retaliation against Canberra.

Last Updated: Mar 17, 2011, 15:11 PM IST

Beijing: China says it opposes an exiled Uighur activist`s upcoming visit to Australia, calling her a separatist.

Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu did not say on Thursday if China would take any action in retaliation against Australia for allowing Rebiya Kadeer to visit. Kadeer is a US-based ethnic Uighur from China`s west.

Jiang said China firmly opposed any country that provides a stage for Kadeer`s activities and that Beijing believes the government in Australia was clear about China`s position.
Kadeer has championed the rights of her Chinese minority Muslim group since the late 1990s. After she visited Australia in 2009, China retaliated by cancelling a top diplomat`s trip to attend a summit of 16 Pacific leaders and a bilateral meeting.

Bureau Report