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China says report saying Uighur children being separated from parents is 'farce'

The foreign ministry in Beijing on Friday dismissed as a "farce" a news report saying that China is separating ethnic Uighur children from their parents as part of social engineering policies in the western region of Xinjiang.

BEIJING, Oct 16 (Reuters) - The foreign ministry in Beijing on Friday dismissed as a "farce" a news report saying that China is separating ethnic Uighur children from their parents as part of social engineering policies in the western region of Xinjiang.

At a news briefing, ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian also rejected the Economist magazine's characterisation of China's policies in Xinjiang, where most of China's Muslim Uighur population lives, as a crime against humanity.

(Reporting by Gabriel Crossley Writing by Tony Munroe; editing by John Stonestreet)

((tony.munroe@thomsonreuters.com; +86 10 6627 1288; Reuters Messaging: tony.munroe.thomsonreuters.com@reuters.net))

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