A Japanese scholar, an adherent of Uygur separatist and Xinjiang independence advocate Rebiya Kadeer, was denied entry into China after her plane landed in Beijing from Tokyo on Saturday, the Global Times reported, citing a Japanese newspaper.
Naoko Mizutani, a lecturer at Tokyo-based Chuo University and author of "Chugoku-o Owareta Uiguru-jin" (Uyghurs expelled from China), was an open supporter of Uygur independence. She was summoned by Chinese authorities at the Beijing Capital International Airport and told she was not permitted to enter the country and had to immediately return to Tokyo, Japanese daily Yomiuri Shimbun reported.
Kadeer is head of the so-called "World Uyghur Congress" and the alleged mastermind behind the July riots last year in Xinjiang that claimed at least 197 lives. Her visit to Japan last July, which was opposed by the Chinese government, was assisted by Mizutani, who registered as the guarantor for Kadeer's entry visa.