"We can't relax for a moment", he said, adding: "It does not target a certain ethnic group or religion, but targets violence and crime, separatism and extremism".
The office called on USA officials to "cease their slander of China's policies on religion and the situation with freedom of faith and cease using religious issues to interfere in China's internal affairs", according to The Associated Press.
Sam Brownback urged China in a Friday speech in Hong Kong to allow investigations of its detainment camps, in which former Uighur Muslim detainees said they experienced inhumane conditions, torture and brainwashing, and also said the Chinese government must correct the wrongs it has committed against religious freedom in general. While making no commitments, Brownback held open the possibility of action toward individuals involved in the internments under The Global Magnitsky Act of 2016.More news: Last remaining US diplomats leave Venezuela
On Monday, he addressed the issue of Taiwan which China considers a wayward province and has pledged to unite, by force if necessary. Xinjiang Gov. Shohrat Zakir declined at a news conference on Tuesday to disclose the number of what he called 'trainees.' However, he said the figure is far less than 1 million. "These kinds of statements are completely fabricated lies, and are extraordinarily absurd", he said. He said Washington would continue to push for dialogue among all faiths to promote religious freedom worldwide. Veterans of the camps have reported physical abuse, efforts to "deprogram" the religious beliefs of internees, and forced violation of dietary laws.
The chairman of the Xinjiang government says: "Our education and training centers have been set up according to our needs. The students that come in to learn, it's a dynamic number that changes", Zakir insisted.
"As a whole, the number of people in the education centers should be less and less, and if one day society no longer needs it, these education centers can gradually disappear", he said, without providing the number of people at the facilities.More news: IBM criticised for collecting social media photos for facial recognition research
Chen, who attended what was one of the most eagerly anticipated briefings of China's parliamentary session by foreign media, did not answer questions on the camps. Lee Ming-che's physical condition has reportedly deteriorated markedly since his 2017 detention and Brownback said the meeting aimed to "try to highlight that and to call on the government of China to release him".
"They are absolutely not, as the United States exaggerates, so-called re-education camps".
Dolkun Isa, exiled leader of the World Uighur Congress, challenged Zakir's claims in a Tuesday interview with Nikkei Asian Review. "The Chinese government is using this excuse to try and justify its actions to the worldwide community and to silence criticism of its human rights record", Isa charged.More news: Top Democrat on antitrust committee expresses 'concerns' over T-Mobile, Sprint merger