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27-07-09, 08:02
China anger at Kadeer Tokyo visit

Rebiya Kadeer in Washington, DC - 10 July 2009
Rebiya Kadeer spent six years in prison in China

China's ambassador to Japan has reacted angrily to a planned visit to Tokyo by exiled Uighur activist Rebiya Kadeer.

China holds that Mrs Kadeer was behind an outbreak of ethnic unrest in China's Xinjiang province earlier in July, in which nearly 200 people died.

Mrs Kadeer, once a businesswoman in China and now leader of the exile group the World Uighur Congress, denies any involvement with the violence.

Chinese ambassador Cui Tiankai called Mrs Kadeer a criminal.

"How would the people of Japan feel if a violent crime occurs in Japan and its mastermind is invited by a third country?" Mr Cui was quoted as saying by Kyodo news agency.

He hinted that the visit could harm relations between China and Japan.

"We must prevent important matters that should be worked on together from being disturbed by a criminal or attention to our common interests from being diverted," he said.

Mrs Kadeer is to meet members of Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party and give a news conference during her five-day visit, beginning on Tuesday.

She was imprisoned in China for six years until 2005 on charges of endangering national security. She now lives in the US.

Xinjiang riots

Nearly 200 people - mostly Han Chinese - died in the clashes between Uighurs and Han Chinese in the western province of Xinjiang, according to Chinese officials. Uighur exiles say hundreds of Uighurs were killed.

The unrest began on 5 July during a protest by Uighurs over a brawl in southern China in late June in which two people were killed.

China's Uighurs are concentrated in Xinjiang but complain their rights and culture are being overridden by an influx of Han migrants from outside the region.