China has claimed to have arrested 13,000 Muslim terrorists in Xinjiang over the last five years, as it launched an aggressive propaganda campaign in defense of its restrictive measures in the far-western region. And since they’ve been doing this, the number of Muslim terrorist attacks on the Chinese have dropped significantly.
The Guardian On Monday China’s state council released a white paper on “the fight against Islamic terrorism and extremism” and “human rights protection in Xinjiang”, in which Beijing attempted to quantify the campaign.
“Since 2014, Xinjiang has destroyed 1,588 violent and terrorist gangs, arrested 12,995 terrorists, seized 2,052 explosive devices, punished 30,645 people for 4,858 illegal religious activities, and confiscated 345,229 copies of illegal religious material,” the report said.
Human rights advocates and researchers believe more than 1 million Muslims – mostly Uighurs as well as Kazakhs and other groups – are being systematically imprisoned in internment camps where they are forced to undergo political re-education.
China’s accounts contrast sharply with satellite imagery that shows prison-like facilities surrounded by barbed wire and watchtowers, and testimonies by former and current residents, as well as ex-detainees of the camps. (Who cares?)
Chinese officials appear to be following a set script, with two officials suggesting recently that the camp system could one day be phased out. Officials continue to say foreign diplomats and journalists are welcome to Xinjiang, but foreign media continue to be surveilled and blocked when they attempt to report in the region.
— CGTN (@CGTNOfficial) March 18, 2019