Australia hits back at China press conference

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<p>Foreign Minister Marise Payne says there are &ldquo;credible reports of the systematic abuse and torture&rdquo; of Uyghur women in response to an extraordinary press conference by the Chinese embassy. </p>
Australia's most senior diplomat has responded to a bizarre press conference from the Chinese embassy in Canberra, and she wasn't backing down.

Foreign Minister Marise Payne says there are "credible reports of the systematic abuse and torture" of Uyghur women in response to an extraordinary press conference by the Chinese embassy.

Australian journalists were invited to a press conference on Wednesday where they were shown Chinese government propaganda videos denying the abuse of the Muslim minority Uyghur population in Xinjiang.

Chinese ambassador Cheng Jingye lashed out at what he described the "distorted coverage" of Xinjiang, and slammed Canberra for its criticism of Chinese human rights abuses.

But Ms Payne said Canberra would continue to be "very clear" about its "deeply held concerns" over Xinjiang, where human rights groups estimated a million Uyghurs had been detained in internment camps.

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Marise Payne says there is 'credible evidence' Uyghur women are being systematically tortured in Xinjiang, China. Picture: NCA NewsWire/Martin Ollman

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