The Chinese government released a report claiming to show a growing Uyghur population in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.
The government on Sunday released a white paper on demographic trends in Xinjiang which it said is based on a decennial census taken last year.
The document says the region’s total population stood at 25.85 million, with Uyghurs accounting for 45 percent, or 11.62 million.
This represents an increase of 1.62 million in the Uyghur population compared to the previous census carried out in 2010.
The white paper indicates that the Uyghur population has maintained a relatively high growth rate since the founding of the People’s Republic of China.
The document emphasizes that the demographic development of Xinjiang marks the success of a unified multi-ethnic country in ensuring the healthy population growth of its ethnic minorities.
The white paper also apparently refers to accusations by Western countries and other countries that Beijing carried out genocide in Xinjiang.
The document says anti-Chinese forces fabricated stories of genocide in Xinjiang to deceive the international community and hamper China’s development and progress, but claims that these malicious efforts will not succeed.
The Chinese government is reportedly seeking to prevent an upsurge in international criticism of its actions in Xinjiang ahead of the Beijing Olympics in February.