China debunked false information fabricated by some Western countries on northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region and called for the international community to deepen understanding towards the region, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said at a daily press briefing on Friday.
Noting an article on Xinjiang-related issues published on Project Syndicate this Tuesday, Zhao said that articles on objective coverage of Xinjiang should be encouraged and welcomed.
The article, co-authored by Jeffrey D. Sachs, who is an American economist, and William Schabas, a Canadian academic specialising in international criminal and human rights law, outlined several reasons why Western countries' allegation against China's Xinjiang is doomed to fail. According to the article entitled "The Xinjiang Genocide Allegations Are Unjustified," the genocide charge against China's Xinjiang was nothing new; it was made on the final day of Trump's administration by then-Secretary of State Michael Pompeo, who made no secret of his belief in lying as a tool of US foreign policy.
In regard to a US State Department's report on China, the article said there were "numerous reports" of killings, but that "few or no details were available," serving as another proof that the US is targeting China without any substantial evidence.
Statistics revealed by China's Foreign Ministry show that the population of the ethnic Uygurs in China's Xinjiang Autonomous Region rose 25 percent from 10.17 million in 2010 to 12.72 million in 2018, or an increase of 2.55 million over eight years.
Xinjiang-related issues are not about human rights, ethnicity or religion, but about combating violent terrorism and separatism. The article said that China experienced repeated terrorist attacks in Xinjiang. The Chinese government has launched anti-terrorism and de-radicalization efforts in Xinjiang in accordance with the law to protect people's lives and restore social order.
Groundless lies will not stand the test of history and people, nor will it prevail over facts. Zhao reiterated that China welcomes all parties to Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region on the condition that they follow Chinese laws and relevant procedures. China hopes the international community would cultivate a deeper understanding of the problems in Xinjiang, instead of interfering in China's internal affairs or harming its sovereignty with the presumption of guilt.
(Compiled by Lu Dong)