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Earlier this month, The New York Times obtained leaked documents from within China’s ruling Communist Party concerning a “clampdown” of ethnic Uyghurs in the country’s far west Xinjiang region. On Monday, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists released more government documents, part of what is now being referred to as the China Cables.

The documents confirmed the fears of many in the Uyghur diaspora that their families had been targeted in a mass “re-education” project reportedly launched in an effort to quell what Beijing believed was the growing presence of Islamic extremism in China. The Chinese government’s position is that the documents are fabricated.

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