Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson's Remarks on Xinjiang-related Questions
2019/11/19

Q: Citing some of China's internal documents, a New York Times report on November 16 said that China is having "detention camps" and conducting major "repression" against Muslims in Xinjiang. Do you have any comment on that?

A: We responded many times to Xinjiang-related questions. China's stance and policy is clear and consistent.

Xinjiang affairs are purely China's domestic affairs. The issue Xinjiang faces is not about ethnicity, religion or human rights. Rather, it is about fighting violence, terrorism and separatism. Since 2015, China has published seven white papers on Xinjiang's counter-terrorism and de-radicalization efforts as well as vocational education and training work, which are clear and thorough statements of what happens in Xinjiang.

From 1990 to 2016, thousands of violent and terrorist incidents occurred in Xinjiang, which caused heavy casualties and property losses. Faced with such severe circumstances, Xinjiang lawfully fought those crimes while addressing the root causes and making utmost efforts to protect residents' basic human rights from the harm of terrorism and extremism. Thanks to the preventive counter-terrorism and de-radicalization efforts, Xinjiang, a place that once suffered gravely from terrorism, hasn't encountered a single violent, terrorist incident over the past three years. Local people's right to life, health and development has been effectively safeguarded. Our measures have been endorsed by all ethnic groups.

China will show no mercy to any violent radicals and terrorists, and is determined to protect people's life and safety. Over 1,000 foreign diplomats, international organization officials and media personnel agreed after visiting Xinjiang that the counter-terrorism and de-radicalization efforts there are an important contribution to the world and valuable experience for all to learn from.

The New York Times is completely deaf and blind to all those facts. What's worse, it used clumsy patchwork and distortion to hype up the so-called "internal documents" and smear China's counter-terrorism and de-radicalization efforts. What are they up to?

We will continue to handle our domestic affairs well. We will continue to implement our Xinjiang policy and make it a better place. The most powerful response to certain media and individuals is Xinjiang's lasting prosperity, stability, solidarity and harmony.

(Source: Foreign Ministry Spokesperson's Remarks on November 18, 2019)

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