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China People's Congress

Xinjiang denies existence of Uighur detention camps in China

Officials say training centers aimed at eliminating 'seeds' of terrorism

Shohrat Zakir, chairman of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, speaks during a session of the National People's Congress on Tuesday (Photo by Taro Yokosawa).

BEIJING -- Officials from China's remote western region of Xinjiang on Tuesday denied the existence of concentration camps for ethnic Uighur people, saying instead that many Muslims there attended schools aimed at eliminating terrorism.

They are vocational school-style training centers for "eliminating the soil for the survival of terrorism," Shohrat Zakir, chairman of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, told reporters on the sidelines of the National People's Congress in Beijing.

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