The Spokesperson of the Chinese Embassy in Canada Sent a Letter to Globe and Mail, Refuting the Unwarranted Comments on Xinjiang-Related Issues
11 September 2020
On September 11, Globe and Mail published a signed article entitled “How China’s legal bulwarks for its atrocities in Xinjiang can be overcome”, wantonly attacking and smearing China’s Xinjiang policy. The article is filled with lies and fallacies. We express strong indignation and firm opposition to this. As for Xinjiang-related issues, I’d like to stress the following points so as to set the record straight:
First, Xinjiang-related issues are not about human rights, ethnicity or religion, but about fighting violence, terrorism and separatism. From 1990 to 2016, thousands of violent and terrorist incidents occurred in Xinjiang, which caused heavy casualties and property losses. The education and vocational training centers in Xinjiang as well as other counter-terrorism and de-radicalization measures taken there have led to positive outcomes, and it hasn’t seen a single violent, terrorist incident for nearly 4 years. The so called “vocational education and training centers are concentration camps where up to one million Uygurs are detained” is not only fake news, but the lie of the century.
Second, Today’s Xinjiang is at the best of prosperity and development that it has ever been. Xinjiang has adhered to the vision of making development people-centered and continuously promoted projects that benefit people. The living standards of all ethnic groups in Xinjiang have been improved year by year. Over the past 40 years, the population of Uyghurs in Xinjiang grew from 5.55 million to more than 12 million. In Xinjiang, there are 24,400 mosques, which means there is a mosque for every 530 Muslims on average. By the end of 2020, all the poor rural population under the current standard in Xinjiang will be lifted out of poverty and together with the rest of the country, enter a moderately prosperous society in all respects.
Third, Chinese government’s Xinjiang policy has been widely commended by the international community. China welcomes foreigners with an objective and fair mind to visit Xinjiang. Since the end of 2018, thousands of foreign diplomats, international organization officials and media personnel have visited Xinjiang and seen with their own eyes the remarkable achievements in preventive counter-terrorism and de-radicalization. In July 2020, at the 44th session of the UN Human Rights Council, 46 countries in their joint statement commended the human rights progress and counter-terrorism and de-radicalization efforts in Xinjiang, they supported China’s position on Xinjiang-related issues.
Xinjiang affairs are China’s internal affairs that allow no foreign interference. China will continue to handle our domestic affairs well. We will continue to implement our Xinjiang policy and ensure the region’s sound development. Some western politicians, media and scholars are viciously hyping up Xinjiang-related issues and wantonly attacking and smearing China’s measures on counter-terrorism and de-radicalization efforts with attempt to undermine China’s stability and contain China’s development. Such attempt is doomed to fail and bound to be rejected by the 1.4 billion Chinese people and all the people in the whole world who believe in justice and conscience.