China protests over Uighur transfer

26/3/10

The transfer of two ethnic Uighurs from the US detention centre in Guantanamo Bay to Switzerland has triggered an angry reaction from China. The two men, who are brothers, were recently resettled in Switzerland after spending eight years in the Guantanamo camp, the US justice department announced on Wednesday. Beijing has demanded that all Uighurs held at Guantanamo be returned to China, saying they are suspected terrorists. “We resolutely oppose the United States sheltering the suspects in a third country, and oppose any country taking them in in any way,” Qin Gang, spokesman for the Chinese foreign ministry, told reporters in Beijing on Thursday. “We have sent our strong representations to the related countries,” he said.

See: http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia-pacific/2010/03/20103259750420153.html