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Japan adopts Xinjiang resolution but sidesteps criticism of China

Statement ahead of Olympics voices concern over 'serious human rights situation'

A guard stands in a watchtower at Kashgar prison in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China in May 2021.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- The lower house of Japan's parliament on Tuesday adopted a resolution expressing concern over Uyghur and Hong Kong human rights, just days before China opens the Beijing Winter Olympics.

The statement, however, stopped short of directly criticizing China and did not even mention the country by name. The phrase "human rights violations" in an early draft was also changed to "human rights situation" -- striking a far more cautious tone than similar resolutions from the U.S. and Europe.

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