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Tensions are high between both countries. The US has accused China of genocide in its repression of the predominantly Muslim Uyghur minority in the western region of Xinjiang - an allegation China has strongly denied.

Will the UK now follow suit? London does not officially accuse Chinese President Xi Jinping's Communist regime of genocide, but Foreign Secretary Liz Truss has reportedly said just that in private conversations.

Some months ago, a senior UK official, intimately involved in policy on China, told me they thought the UK would be seen as America's "poodle" if it joined a boycott.

Western interests in Xinjiang province ... a vast oil and mineral region in the Qaidam Basin.

Too early to call ....

"Good riddance, Donald Trump!" read a gleeful tweet from Chinese state news service Xinhua.

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Dec 7th, 2021 at 12:09:50 PM EST
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