Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson's Remarks on Xinjiang issues

Q: Yesterday 22 countries wrote a letter to the UN Human Rights Council criticizing China's Xinjiang policy. How do you respond to those remarks?

A: In this letter, certain countries wantonly criticized and smeared China in total disregard of the truth. By blatantly politicizing the issue of human rights, they have grossly interfered in China's internal affairs. We deplore and resolutely oppose that. We have made stern representations to those countries. We urge them to respect facts, reject bias, stay committed to the purposes and principles of the UN Charter, and stop politicizing the issue of human rights and interfering in China's internal affairs under the pretext of Xinjiang-related issues.

As we repeatedly emphasized, Xinjiang affairs are China's internal affairs. They are a matter of China's sovereignty, security and territorial integrity. On Xinjiang-related issues, no one is in a better position to judge than the Chinese government and people. They brook no foreign interference. Faced with severe threats of terrorism and extremism, the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region has taken a series of counter-terrorism and de-radicalization measures according to law, including the establishment of vocational education and training centers. Those measures have turned the situation around. In the past more than two years, not a single violent and terrorist incident took place in Xinjiang. The region now enjoys social stability and unity among all ethnic groups. People there are living a happy life with a stronger sense of fulfillment and security. They endorse the government's policies and measures wholeheartedly.

We also invited many groups of foreign diplomats, journalists, experts and scholars to visit Xinjiang and see with their own eyes the place as it is. All of them said the Xinjiang they saw was completely different from what had been described by Western media. We also offered invitation to the UN High Commissioner's Office for Human Rights. We welcome those with a truly objective and fair attitude to visit Xinjiang. But at the same time, we oppose any foreign forces that interfere in China's internal affairs and undermine China's sovereignty and territorial integrity under the pretext of Xinjiang-related issues.

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