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By Steve Scherer OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada’s parliament approved a non-binding motion on Monday saying China’s treatment of the Uighur Muslim minority in the Xinjiang region constitutes genocide, putting pressure on the government of liberal Prime Minister Justin. Trudeau to follow suit. The Canadian House of Commons voted 266-0 in favor of the motion presented by the opposition Conservative Party. Trudeau and his cabinet abstained from voting, although liberal supporters widely supported it. The motion was also amended just before the vote to ask the International Olympic Committee to move the 2022 Winter Olympics to Beijing if the treatment continues. Trudeau’s conservative rivals have been pressuring him to get tougher on China. After Canada arrested Huawei’s CFO Meng Wanzhou in 2018 with an American court order, China detained two Canadians on espionage charges, sparking lingering diplomatic tensions between the two countries. China has been widely condemned for establishing complexes in Xinjiang that it describes as “vocational training centers” to crack down on extremism and give people new skills, which others have called concentration camps. Beijing denies allegations of abuse in Xinjiang. Citing testimonies, documents and media reports on human rights abuses against Uighurs, Conservative lawmaker Michael Chong said: “We can no longer ignore this. We must call it what it is: genocide.” Trudeau has been reluctant to use the word genocide, suggesting that seeking broad consensus among Western allies on China’s human rights issues would be the best approach. “Moving forward multilaterally will be the best way to demonstrate the solidarity of Western democracies … which are extremely concerned and dismayed by reports of what is happening in Xinjiang,” Trudeau said on Friday after speaking with other G7 leaders. Trudeau and US President Joe Biden will hold a virtual bilateral meeting Tuesday afternoon and relations with China are likely to be discussed, a government source said. Former US President Donald Trump, on his last full day in office last month, said China had committed “genocide and crimes against humanity” by cracking down on Uighur Muslims. The Biden administration is trying to ensure that the genocide declaration is upheld, based on its choice to be ambassador to the United Nations, Linda Thomas-Greenfield. Cong Peiwu, the Chinese ambassador in Ottawa, denied the genocide allegations. “Western countries are not in a position to say what the human rights situation is like in China,” Cong said in an interview before the vote. “There is no alleged genocide in Xinjiang.”

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