China shuts down its consulate in İzmir amid Uighur row

China shuts down its consulate in İzmir amid Uighur row

Chinese Embassy to Turkey has announced that the country’s general-consulate in Izmirwas closed as of Feb. 28 due to general arrangements with regard to consular activities. The move comes amid an ongoing row between Ankara and Beijing over the Uighur problem in which the former has harshly criticized Chinese government of assimilating the Muslim Turkic minority, Hurriyet Daily News reported.

The announcement on the closure of the general-consulate, which exists since 2015, was made through a written statement posted on the website of the Embassy of China in Ankara on Feb. 28. 

“The Chinese side has decided to temporarily shut down its Izmir General-Consulate as of Feb. 28, 2019 as part of general arrangements with regard to its embassies and consulates abroad,” read the statement. It informed that the decision was made upon different parameters such as efficiency and to integrate its resources. 

“The Chinese side has notified its decision to temporarily shut down its General Consulate in Izmir to the Turkish Government. The Turkish received this situation with understanding,” it added. 

It did not cite whether this decision was taken following Turkey’s harsh criticisms against the Chinese government’s policies with regard to Uighur Turks.