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Turkey says relations with China have soured over Uyghur issue

Ahead of elections, Ankara insists it won't extradite anyone

Demonstrators protest against China in support of its ethnic Uyghur community on Dec. 9 in Istanbul.    © Reuters

ISTANBUL -- Turkey has seen a dent in its relationship with China, its top diplomat has said, attributing the deterioration to Ankara's determination not to extradite Turkic Uyghur dissidents to China. 

While some have dismissed the statement as an election stance to show that the government is determined to defend fellow Turkic Muslims, the sensitive topic has the potential to create a new rupture between Beijing and Ankara.

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