Source: Associated Press
By CHRISTOPHER BODEEN and SAM McNEIL
BEIJING (AP) — China said Thursday that 15 foreign ambassadors exceeded their diplomatic roles by issuing a letter expressing concern about the incarceration of hundreds of thousands of members of the country’s Muslim minorities in re-education camps.
Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told reporters at a daily briefing that it would be “problematic” if the diplomats were attempting to put pressure on local authorities in the northwestern region of Xinjiang, where the detentions have taken place.
Hua said the letter violated the terms of the Vienna Convention governing diplomatic relations and that the ambassadors should not “interfere in the internal affairs of other countries.”
“As ambassadors, they are supposed to play positive roles in promoting mutual understanding, mutual trust and cooperation … rather than making unreasonable requests to the countries where they are based,” Hua said.