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Islamic Scholars Tour Xinjiang as Part of China’s Efforts to Refute “Western Lies”

A delegation of Islamic scholars tour Xinjiang as part of a Chinese campaign to challenge well-documented accusations of human rights violations in the Western Chinese region. Image via Global Times.

A group of 30 scholars from 14 Islamic countries is participating in a highly choreographed tour of China’s western Xinjiang region as part of Beijing’s latest efforts to push back against well-documented U.S. and European accusations of human rights violations there.

Chinese officials are touting their success in preventing “terrorism and extremism” in Xinjiang, a message that resonates with many of the participants on the tour who come from countries that have to contend with religious violence, particularly in the Middle East and Southeast Asia.

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