China cables: ‘Don’t listen to fake news’ about Xinjiang camps, says Chinese ambassador

China cables: ‘Don’t listen to fake news’ about Xinjiang camps, says Chinese ambassador


My name is Richard Bilton,
I’m a reporter for BBC Panorama. I wrote to you this week, sir,
about the reports in Xinjang. I know that they are prison camps. Why won’t you tell me the truth
about those camps? First of all, I have to say, there’s no so-called
labour camps as you describe. There’s what you call vocational, education
and training centres. They are there for the prevention of terrorists. With respect sir, I’m sorry to interrupt you
but I have seen the orders that are sent – to the prison camps and they are prisons.
– What order do you have? You mean the order that this is a prison camp? They are orders for the people who run
the camps and they are quite clear that this is a prison camp. – No I think that this is a pure fabrication.
– It’s true. They’re brainwashing camps.
– Let me tell you what’s happening. They change the way people behave,
what they believe, even the language they speak, so they are brainwashing camps, aren’t they? I think there’s no such order for prison camps. You know, in Xinjang, religious freedom
is fully respected. Just to be clear, the documents I’ve seen make it quite
clear that people are held there, hundreds of thousands of people are held
in these camps in Xinjang. What you’re telling me, there’s no relation
to what I’ve seen? – I’m telling you that the so called document
that you’re talking about is a pure fabrication, sir. Don’t listen to fake news.
Don’t listen to fabrications.