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Kazakhstan court frees activist

‘FOR MY FAMILY’:Serikzhan Bilash, an outspoken critic of Beijing’s treatment of Muslim and Turkic minorities in Xinjiang, struck a deal saying that he had to end his activism

AFP, ALMATY, Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has engaged in quiet diplomacy with major trade partner China on Xinjiang, but has been reluctant to promote its efforts given sensitivities over the region.

Last year, the ministry said that China had allowed 2,500 ethnic Kazakhs to leave the country and enter Kazakhstan “as a kind gesture,” but refused requests for further information.

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