Beijing — China defended its internment of Muslims in the country’s north-west as a terror-prevention measure on Tuesday, calling on the international community to reject “hearsay” and believe its official line. Up to a million Uighurs and other Chinese Turkic-speaking minority groups have been placed in political re-education camps in the Xinjiang region, according to a group of experts cited by the UN. After originally denying the existence of the centres, Beijing has repeatedly described the camps as “vocational training centres” that were built to help people drawn to extremism to stay away from terrorism and allow them to be re-integrated into society. But the programme has faced rising criticism outside the country — notably from the US and human rights groups. “We hope our journalist friends and our other foreign friends will take into consideration the information and briefings on the situation given by the Chinese authorities,” said China’s foreign minister Wang Yi. “Rumour...

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