World Bank cuts funding for Xinjiang project

World | AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE 13 Nov 2019

The World Bank is cutting back a US$50 million (HK$390 million) project in China's Xinjiang region following a review prompted by allegations of abuses.

The bank said it will close a component of the project to support vocational colleges involving partner schools that were the subject of the abuse claims. Visits to the partner schools "did not substantiate the allegations,'' but it was difficult to monitor them, it added.

It was reported that a school which had benefited from the US$50 million loan bought "barbed wire, gas launchers, and body armor".

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