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Embassy Spokesperson's Remarks on British Politicians' Wrong Remarks on Xinjiang-related Issues
2020/07/21

Question: In recent days, UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab and some members of the UK Parliament claimed that they had "grave concerns" regarding "gross human rights abuses" against Uighurs and "forced sterilization and abortion" of Muslim women. Some Members of Parliament clamoured for sanctions against China. What is the comment of the Chinese Embassy in the UK?

Embassy Spokesperson: The so-called "gross human rights abuses" against Uighurs and "forced sterilization and abortion" of Muslim women are sheer lies. From 1978 to 2018, the population of Uighurs in Xinjiang doubled, from 5.55 million to 11.68 million. This ironclad evidence proves that the above claims do not hold water.

Xinjiang has sustained serious attacks at the hands of terrorists and extremists. In recent years, in face of the grave situation, counter-terrorism and de-radicalisation measures have been adopted in Xinjiang in accordance with law, which effectively contained the number and frequency of violent terrorist activities, and provided maximum protection to people of all ethnic groups in the province from terrorism and extremism.

As of today, there has been no violent terrorist attacks in Xinjiang for more than three years consecutively; Security in the region, and law and order situation have been greatly improved; The rights and interests of people of all ethnic groups are effectively safeguarded; People feel fulfilled, happier and more secure; Life expectancy has increased from 30 in 1949, when the People's Republic of China was founded, to 72.35 today. Despite the impact of Covid-19, the first-quarter GDP growth rate of Xinjiang was the highest among all provinces in China and 6.6 percentage points higher than the national average.

Turning a blind eye to the economic and social progress in Xinjiang and to the fact that the counter-terrorism and de-radicalisation measures are completely legitimate and lawful, some Western politicians, including those from the UK, have been spreading the "lie of a century" about Xinjiang. This fully reveals their bias and hostility towards China.

The Chinese people, not British or other Western politicians, are best positioned to pass judgment on the human rights condition in China. We urge these politicians to discard the tinted glasses and double standards, view the human rights progress and counter-terrorism achievements in Xinjiang from an objective and fair perspective. We also advise them to use their time and energy for dealing with violations of human rights in their own countries.

If the UK imposes sanctions on Chinese institutions or individuals in total disregard of the facts, China will respond resolutely and the UK will have to bear all the consequences.

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