Chinese Embassy in Australia Downplays ‘Rumors’ of Uyghur Abuses in Xinjiang

The Chinese Embassy in Australia on April 7 painted a rosy picture of life in Xinjiang Province during an extraordinary press event, while warning the government in Canberra against joining the EU, UK, and the United States in sanctioning Chinese officials over the oppression of the Uyghur ethnic minority group in the northwestern region. Local media outlets were treated to a two-hour presentation, titled “Xinjiang is a Wonderful Land,” featuring testimonials from Uyghurs and Xinjiang officials promoting the region’s economic growth and religious harmony. Xinjiang Vice Governor Erkin Tuniyaz claimed foreigners with ulterior motives were turning a blind eye to the positives of the region and were spreading “rumors” about concentration camps, forced labor, religious conversion, and sterilization of women. “These allegations cannot be more preposterous, and they are downright lies,” he said. The video was also aired in London last month as part of a global propaganda push. China’s Ambassador to …
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