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Xinjiang: What China shows world vs. what former detainee describes

Beijing plays up 're-education' camps while Uighur refugee recalls torture

Ethnic Uighurs practice calligraphy at the Artux Vocational Skill Education Training Service Center in China's Xinjiang region. Beijing calls such facilities "re-education centers," but Western countries label them as “internment camps.” (Photo by Shosuke Kato)

URUMQI/KASHGAR, China/TOKYO -- As pressure mounts on China from Western democracies that have accused it of locking up over a million ethnic Uighurs in the country's Xinjiang region, Beijing is intensifying a campaign to justify its policy.

On the 10th anniversary of the July 2009 uprising by Muslim ethnic minority Uighurs in the region's capital, Urumqi, China published a white paper and hosted news conferences to convey its views. It also allowed a group of journalists from foreign media, including Nikkei and some Western news organizations, to visit the region on a guided press tour.

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