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China says almost 40 states openly back its Xinjiang policy

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China says almost 40 states openly back its Xinjiang policy
FILE PHOTO: People hold signs protesting China's treatment of the Uighur people, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, May 8, 2019. REUTERS/Lindsey Wasson/File Photo   -   Copyright  Lindsey Wasson(Reuters)
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GENEVA (Reuters) – Almost 40 states have written to the United Nations supporting China’s policies in the western region of Xinjiang, a Chinese diplomat told the U.N. Human Rights Council on Friday.

China has been accused of detaining a million Muslims and persecuting ethnic Uighurs in Xinjiang, and 22 ambassadors signed a letter to the Council this week criticising its policies. China says local citizens are simply going through vocational training to stop them being radicalised.

(Reporting by Tom Miles; Editing by Kevin Liffey)

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