A Uighur man looks on as a truck carrying paramilitary policemen travel along a street during an anti-terrorism oath-taking rally in Urumqi, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, China May 23, 2014. The Chinese characters on the banner read,

Beijing counters Xinjiang criticism with spin


The Chinese government is ramping up an international publicity campaign to counteract foreign criticism of its policies in the western province of Xinjiang, according to Reuters. These include mass detentions and surveillance of up to a million Muslim Uighurs and other minorities. (Read WikiTribune‘s Fact check: has China detained a million Uighurs?)

The spin efforts include courting foreign media and writing opinion pieces in international outlets, according to Reuters.

Beijing said foreign criticism over its treatment of ethnic minorities in Xinjiang amount to misinformation and framed its crackdown in Xinjiang as an effort to combat Islamist extremists.

Examples of Chinese spin efforts

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A man rests under a poster showing Chinese President Xi Jinping in the village of Jiya near Hotan, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, China, March 21, 2017. REUTERS/Thomas Peter/File Photo
A man rests under a poster showing Chinese President Xi Jinping in the village of Jiya near Hotan, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, China, March 21, 2017. REUTERS/Thomas Peter/File Photo
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