Follow our model for 'happy' Xinjiang, China tells West

At least one million people are detained in so-called training centres in China's Xinjiang province according to the UN

John Fisher, Geneva director at Human Rights Watch, said the statement put pressure on China to stop "its horrific treatment of Muslims in Xinjiang".

Rights groups and the United States estimate up to 1 million Muslims may be arbitrarily detained in Xinjiang.

It urged China to allow worldwide independent experts, including Michelle Bachelet, the United Nations high commissioner for human rights, "meaningful access" to Xinjiang. China describes them as training centers helping to stamp out extremism and give people new skills.

It is the first concerted action on the issue at the UN Human Rights Council, although it is short of a formal statement or resolution.

The text included concern about 'credible reports of arbitrary detention.as well as widespread surveillance and restrictions, particularly targeting Uighurs and other minorities in Xinjiang'.

"The Chinese side expressed strong dissatisfaction and resolute opposition", Geng said, adding that China had registered "solemn complaints" with the countries involved.

Chinese authorities say that extremists in the region have ties to terror groups, but have given little evidence to support that claim.

It pointedly cites China's obligations as a member of the 47-member state forum to maintain the highest standards.

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They are demanding that China allow independent worldwide observers into the Xinjiang region, where the camps are located.

"We call also on China to refrain from the arbitrary detention and restrictions on freedom of movement of Uighurs, and other Muslim and minority communities in Xinjiang".

While China restricts access and reporting in Xinjiang, Geng said it would welcome a visit by Michelle Bachelet.

China's ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva said last month that he hoped Bachelet would take up an invitation to visit.

"We welcome those who truly uphold the principles of objectivity and fairness to come to Xinjiang but firmly oppose any external forces interfering in China's internal affairs, undermining China's sovereignty and territorial integrity through Xinjiang issues", the spokesperson said.

The detentions are created to eradicate their religious and ethnic identities, Reuters reported Wednesday, citing diplomats and letters. According to the U.N., the United States, and independent assessments, China has forced between almost one and two million Muslim minorities into the detention facilities, known as mind-transformation or re-education camps.

Chinese diplomat Jiang Duan told the council on Thursday a few hypocritical Western nations were distorting facts to smear Beijing over what it describes as vocational training centers in Xinjiang meant to combat extremism and provide new skills.

"Those allegations by a small group of Western countries and NGOs can not do away with the tremendous achievements that were made against terrorism and radicalisation and can not change the fact that Xinjiang people are leading a happy life", he said.

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