China ratifies Turkey extradition deal in push to ‘combat terrorism’, leading to concerns for Uygurs who fled Xinjiang

China ratifies Turkey extradition deal in push to ‘combat terrorism’, leading to concerns for Uygurs who fled Xinjiang

China ratified an extradition treaty with Turkey over the weekend, a move that Chinese observers said would help Beijing to counter terrorism.

The document covers issues ranging from extradition obligations to settlement of disputes, according to the full text released online by China’s top legislature.

When the treaty was signed during Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan’s visit to Beijing in 2017, Chinese President Xi Jinping spoke of China’s desire to deepen counterterrorism cooperation with Turkey.

The treaty is similar to other extradition agreements China has signed with other countries, including Italy and South Africa, in that it does not refer to a specific organisation or group of people.

However, Uygurs, a Turkic minority in China’s far western region of Xinjiang, have sought refuge in Turkey since 1952, when the Turkish government offered asylum to Uygurs fleeing the autonomous region.