According to the China Central Television, the employees of the permanent missions of Russia, Belarus, Venezuela, Egypt, Cambodia, Cuba, Pakistan and Senegal to the UN in Geneva arrived in Beijing to visit the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region (XUAR) on February 16-19. Earlier, the Turkish Foreign Ministry claimed that concentration camps for Uighurs are functioning in the autonomous region.

On February 15, foreign diplomats met in Beijing with the Deputy Director of the Publicity Department of the Communist Party of China Jiang Jianguo, and the topic of their discussion was the fight against the “three evil forces” – extremism, separatism, and terrorism.

Jiang Jianguo stressed that “Xinjiang has demonstrated clear progress in recent years, also due to the educational programs and specialized training centres.” In August 2018, representatives of the UN Human Rights Office reported that they became aware of the fact that allegedly up to a million Uighurs (China’s largest national minority) could be illegally detained” in Xinjiang’s prison camps. After that, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, proposed to send observers to the XUAR, expressing her concern about the allegedly difficult situation there.