Taking a strong exception to US’s criticism on Xinjiang’s affairs, a spokesperson of the Chinese Foreign Foreign Ministry Hua Chunying said it is flagrant interference in China’s internal affairs. We deplore and firmly oppose that. Commenting on a statement of US Secretary of State Pompe criticizing China on account of Xinjiang’s affairs, the spokesperson said, Xinjiang affairs are purely China’s domestic affairs. No foreign country has any right to interfere.
The spokesperson said, “The Chinese government, the spokesperson said, issued a white paper not long ago, giving a full account of the vocational education and training centers in Xinjiang. By lawfully establishing those centers, the local government in Xinjiang aims to save the people who are deceived by or even have joined terrorist forces and committed minor offenses to help them get rid of extremist ideologies. These measures are no different in nature from the de-radicalization and preventive counter-terrorism measures taken by many other countries.
Thanks to these measures, Xinjiang now enjoys social stability, sound economic momentum, harmony between ethnic groups and it has not seen a single terrorist attack in the past three years. People of all ethnic groups there support the government’s measures to fight terrorism and safeguard stability.
Ambassadors and representatives of many foreign diplomatic missions recently visited Xinjiang to know more about its socio-economic development, including the vocational education and training centers.
They support China’s position on Xinjiang-related issues. Many of them visited Xinjiang, saw a real Xinjiang with their own eyes, and developed totally different opinions on Xinjiang compared with what was described by Western media.
They commend the enormous achievements China has made in human rights, and believe Xinjiang’s counter-terrorism and de-radicalization measures including the establishment of vocational education and training centers have effectively protected basic human rights. They urge the relevant countries to stop wantonly criticizing China.
As the saying goes, “A clean hand wants no washing.” Instead of fooling the world, the lies of American politicians will only further reveal their hidden political agenda. We urge them to abandon bias and the outdated Cold-War mindset, stop using Xinjiang-related issues to interfere in China’s internal affairs, cease their smear campaign against China, and contribute to rather than undermine trust and cooperation between China and the US”.