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International relations

Europe torn over calling China out over Xinjiang 'genocide'

Lawmakers pressuring governments, which are keen to preserve economic interests

HAMBURG, Germany -- Lawmakers across Europe are calling on governments to label China's atrocities in Xinjiang as genocide, putting pressure on leaders keen to maintain economic ties with Beijing.

Following declarations by the U.S. and Canada, the parliaments of the Netherlands and the U.K. have this year passed resolutions containing the word genocide, prompting Chinese embassies to hit back using language such as "the most preposterous lie of the century, an outrageous insult and affront to the Chinese people."

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