Chinese state-run media has pointed to the mass shooting Saturday at a synagogue in Pittsburgh as highlighting the need for "anti-extremism education" measures similar to the widely criticized internment camps it operates in the country's far-west Xinjiang region.

Reacting to the deadly shooting, the Global Times, published by the ruling Communist Party's People's Daily, wrote in an editorial Sunday that the U.S. must go beyond legal measures in response to incidents of extremism.

"It is difficult to deter such crimes simply by strengthening legal punishment," the editorial said. "There is a need for more effective anti-extremism education in some areas, especially for some group of people."