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Damage control: China pulls out all the stops in an effort to denounce international claims of human rights abuse

By Scott Taylor      

The Chinese wanted to make the point that terrorists had in fact hit them hard, and thus they are justified in taking strong measures to reduce future threats, but provided few straight answers on a curated media tour.

Traditional dance routines are taught to the Uighur students of vocational schools—alleged to be re-education detention camps by the West—in Xinjiang, China, complete with elaborate costumes and a fog machine. A week-long media tour featured numerous cultural displays to counter international claims Uighur culture is being suppressed. Photograph courtesy of Scott Taylor

XINJIANG, CHINA—In early July, a group of 22 countries, including Canada, Japan, the U.K., France, and Australia, signed a letter to the United Nations Human Rights Council calling upon China to “refrain from the arbitrary detentions and restrictions on freedom of movement of Uighurs, and other Muslim and minority communities in Xinjiang.”

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