Summary
China has been hit by sanctions from the US and other countries over alleged suppression of ethnic minorities in Xinjiang, its far-west frontier region. It says these claims are politically motivated and that its policies in Xinjiang are to counter extremism and reduce poverty....more
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Background
What's going on in Xinjiang?
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Background
Culture
Human rights allegations
Counter-terrorism narrative
Environment
Bans and boycotts
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In Numbers
Xinjiang is home to
47 ethnic minorities
and Uygurs are the largest group in the region
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Human rights groups allege that at least
1 million
Uygurs and other ethnic Muslim minorities have been detained in internment camps
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China produces 22% of the world’s cotton,
84%
of which comes from Xinjiang
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There are
24,000 mosques
in Xinjiang as of September 2020, according to China’s foreign ministry
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Xinjiang has the fastest population growth in China, with an average annual growth rate of above
1.1%
from 2015 to 2017
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China says more than
14.3 million
jobs were arranged for rural labourers in the region through government programmes from 2016 to 2021
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