NEW DELHI: Indian envoy in Beijing was among a select group of diplomats to be taken, in a first, by China to the Xinjiang province where many ethnic Uighurs and other Muslim minorities have been interned in re-education camps apparently meant to de-radicalise them. Chinese officials here said the visit was meant to familiarise senior diplomats, including the Pakistan envoy, with social and economic progress in the province.

In all, 12 envoys, mostly from Muslim majority nations, travelled to Xinjiang’s capital Urumqi and the cities of Kashgar and Hotan late last month. Xinjiang’s regional government invited diplomatic envoys as well as representatives of envoys from Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, India, Pakistan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Afghanistan, Thailand, and Kuwait, state-run Xinhua news agency reported. The envoys visited markets, mosques, factories, as well as vocational education and training centres.



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