China tends to do everything on a grand scale – building huge high-speed rail networks, say, or globe-spanning trade routes – and this has extended to its vast abuse of human rights.

Earlier this month, a United Nations committee reported that more than a million people have been detained and another two million forced to attend indoctrination centres across the western Xinjiang region.

Gay McDougall, a UN committee member, said the mass crackdown on local Muslims had turned the region into “something that resembles a massive internship camp that is shrouded in secrecy”.

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