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China tells U.S. politicians to stop using Xinjiang to interfere in its affairs

FILE PHOTO: Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin speaks during a news conference in Beijing, China December 14, 2020. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

BEIJING (Reuters) - China on Thursday urged U.S. politicians to stop using issues in its Xinjiang region to interfere in its affairs, after the United States demanded the release of a Uighur doctor.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin made the comments at a regular news conference in Beijing.

The doctor’s family said she was sentenced to 20 years’ jail in China because of her family members’ human rights activism in the United States.

Reporting by Yew Lun Tian and Gabriel Crossley; Editing by Kim Coghill

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