Frenchman Macron expressed human rights concerns to Wang Yi of China

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FILE PHOTO: French President Emmanuel Macron speaks during the press conference after a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at Fort de Bregancon, Bormes-les-Mimosas, France August 20, 2020. Christophe Simon / Pool via REUTERS

PARIS (Reuters) – French President Emmanuel Macron expressed deep concerns about the situation in Hong Kong and the human rights of China’s Uyghur Muslim minority during a meeting on Friday with top Chinese government diplomat Le State Councilor Wang Yi, his office said.

After months of protests, a new security law was introduced in Hong Kong that drew fierce criticism in the West for endangering the basic rights and freedoms that the Special Administrative Region had promised when it returned to the country. Chinese domination in 1997.

The United Nations estimates that more than a million Uyghur Muslims have been detained in camps in the Xinjiang region. China denies the mistreatment and says the camps provide vocational training and are necessary to counter extremism.

Reporting by Michel Rose; Writing by Maya Nikolaeva; Editing by Alex Richardson

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