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LONDON, U.K.—Two weeks ago Professor Gay McDougall, co-chair of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, alleged that up to a million people belonging to the Uyghur and other Muslim minority groups in China’s northwestern province of Xinjiang have been detained in concentration camps to be "re-educated" about religion. Hu Lianhe, who shapes the Communist Party Central Committee’s policies on minorities, sternly denied it: “The argument that one million Uyghurs are detained in re-education centres is

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China’s repression of Uyghurs targets symptoms, not cause of unrest

By Gwynne Dyer      

Islam isn't the problem in Xinjiang, China's attempt to wash away the Uyghur majority is, writes Gwynne Dyer.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, second from left, accompanied by then-ambassador Luo Zhaohui, left, met with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale during an official visit to Canada in September, 2016. The Hill Times file photograph
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