China must weigh costs of Xinjiang crackdown

Re-education camps as a counter-terror measure risks increased radicalisation and damage to its soft-power drive

Faced with growing international criticism of its re-education camps in Xinjiang, China has been organising visits by foreign diplomats to these facilities from December last year.

One such trip took place last month for Geneva-based diplomats from countries including Pakistan, Egypt, Cambodia and Russia. Diplomats from Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh, Turkmenistan and Greece were among those invited for a separate trip. Several of the countries are partners of China's Belt and Road Initiative, the subject of an international summit next month.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 08, 2019, with the headline 'China must weigh costs of Xinjiang crackdown'. Print Edition | Subscribe