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CNN live feed of Democratic debate goes black in Beijing

CNN live feed of Democratic debate goes black in Beijing

CNN's live feed of Thursday's Democratic presidential debate went black in Beijing when the candidates began talking about China’s human rights record and its mass detention of Uyghurs Muslims in Xinjiang.

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South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegOn The Money: Retail sales drop in latest sign of weakening economy | Fast-food workers strike for minimum wage | US officials raise concerns over Mexico's handling of energy permits Buttigieg confirmation hearing slated for Thursday James Murdoch predicts 'a reckoning' for media after Capitol riot MORE criticized President TrumpDonald TrumpIran convicts American businessman on spying charge: report DC, state capitals see few issues, heavy security amid protest worries Pardon-seekers have paid Trump allies tens of thousands to lobby president: NYT MORE for not doing more about China's human rights record.

"For him to let China know that his silence can be purchased is trashing American values," Buttigieg said.

Continuing, he added: "We have to acknowledge what's going on over there — the use of technology for the perfection of dictatorship."