Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks during a meeting with President Barack Obama at the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, Thursday, March 31, 2016. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
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China Friday blasted an award given in the U.S. to an exiled Uighur dissident as a "blasphemy against and a stain upon human rights", as President Xi Jinping visited Washington.A day earlier the Washington-based Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation (VOC) gave Dolkun Isa, an activist from China's Xinjiang region, an award for "his dedicated human rights advocacy".Xinjiang is home to the mostly Muslim Uighur minority, many of whom say they face cultural and religious repression, and the area is regularly hit by violence which Beijing blames on Islamist separatists.Isa is now a German citizen and chairman of the Munich-based World Uighur Congress, which advocates for the rights of Chinese Uighurs around the globe.
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