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Ten years after Xinjiang riots, China pushes growth story

Beijing focuses on wine and power projects as critics blast Uighur detentions

Chinese paramilitary police in riot gear stand outside a mosque in Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang, in July 2009.   © Reuters

BEIJING -- The 10th anniversary of deadly riots in China's Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region on Friday highlights dueling narratives of what has transpired there since, with the government touting anti-poverty programs and swift economic growth while the U.S. and Europe accuse Beijing of human rights abuses in "re-education camps."

On July 5, 2009, Han Chinese and predominantly Muslim Uighurs began a series of violent clashes in the Xinjiang capital of Urumqi. The Chinese government says 197 people were killed.

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