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Uyghur and Tibetan witnesses took aim at Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s conflation of “anti-Asian racism” with criticism of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) during a Canada-China Relations Committee meeting. Uyghur Research Institute research director Rukiye Turdush, said at the May 31 that Trudeau is “really confused” about the nature of the CCP. “I think our prime minister is really confused,” Turdush said in response to a question from Conservative MP Garnett Genuis. “I don’t think that the CCP and anti-Asian racism have to be considered or seen as together, because the CCP, the Communist Party, is ruling the Chinese people and in many places in the Chinese community in Canada and elsewhere. Chinese people and the CCP are totally different. Most of them are brainwashed. They are manipulated.” Turdush added criticism of the CCP has “nothing to do with racism or anti-Asian.” “I really didn’t get why he said that,” Turdush said. On May 26, Trudeau lashed out in response to a question about two federal scientists accused of collaborating with China by lecturing the Conservatives on “anti-Asian racism.”

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