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A media group from Indonesia and Malaysia talks to trainees in an education and vocational training center in Hotan, Northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in February

China releases white paper on vocational education, training in Xinjiang, hails key victory in counter-terrorism

(Global Times) -- China on Friday released a white paper on vocational education and training in Northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, clarifying the legal basis for the training centers and declaring the key victory countering terrorism and extremism through these centers.
The white paper includes six parts - urgent needs for education and training, law-based education and training, content of education and training, protection of trainees’ basic rights, remarkable results in education and training, and experience in countering extremism.
The release marks the third white paper on Xinjiang this year. China released a white paper on The Fight Against Terrorism and Extremism and Human Rights Protection in Xinjiang on March 18 and a white paper on Historical Matters Concerning Xinjiang on July 21.
“China released the white papers to provide a full picture to the international community on its Xinjiang policies amid attempts of some Western media and anti-China forces to use this issue to stir trouble and contain China,” Qian Jinyu, executive dean of the Human Rights Institution of Northwest University of Political Science and Law in Shaanxi Province, told the Global Times.
The Xinjiang white papers revealed the spirit of innovation and that the rule of law has been fully implemented into China’s policies in Xinjiang, Qian said.
Xu Jianying, a research fellow at the Institute of China’s Borderlands of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, told the Global Times that one of the key points showed in Friday’s white paper is the legal basis for organising the training centers. The Chinese government, for the first time, gives an open and comprehensive explanation on the legal basis of the training centers, which will further promote China’s policies in Xinjiang.
“The white paper also shows China’s responsible attitude toward its work on counter-terrorism and de-radicalisation,” Xu said.
Legal basis
Terrorism and extremism have long existed in Xinjiang. Incomplete statistics show that from 1990 to the end of 2016, separatists, religious extremists and terrorists plotted and launched thousands of terrorist attacks, including bombings, assassinations, arson and riots, killing large numbers of innocent people and hundreds of police officers and causing immeasurable damage to property.
Education and training in Xinjiang is practiced in line with the spirit and requirements of the rule of law in China. It also reflects the ideas and principles of counter-terrorism and de-radicalisation as practiced by the international community, the white paper said.

(Latest Update August 19, 2019)

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