Xinjiang officials, residents denounce anti-China 'cultural products'

BEIJING, July 30 (Xinhua) -- Officials and residents in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region have lashed out at some anti-China forces overseas for producing so-called "cultural products" as part of a smear campaign against Xinjiang.

At a press conference held in Beijing, Xu Guixiang, a spokesperson with the regional government, said in recent years, some anti-China forces overseas have produced anti-China "cultural products" including novels, films, documentaries, cartoons, and video games, which have tarnished the international image of Xinjiang and China.

The so-called "cultural products" are imbued with appalling non-existent stories, fabrications and lies, and were created with the ill-natured intention of misleading the public, Xu said.

The spokesperson also accused these anti-China forces of packaging several "actors and actresses" who have committed crimes and are morally corrupt into so-called "victims" and "key witnesses." They fabricated their so-called "experiences at the vocational education and training center" and "painful experiences."

"The anti-China forces in the United States and the West have used cultural works to engage in political manipulation, attacking and slandering Xinjiang regardless of cost and consequences," said Xu. "This is a desecration of cultural works and a provocation to the people of all ethnic groups in Xinjiang."

At the press conference, several Xinjiang residents also shared their own stories via video link to debunk lies about Xinjiang in these so-called "cultural products."

Tursunjan Turup, a graduated trainee of the vocational education and training center in Zepu County, Kashgar Prefecture, told how he transformed from a truck driver under the influence of extremist religious thoughts to being the boss of an IT service and trade company after graduating from the center.

"Some overseas people have described the vocational education and training centers as 'concentration camps.' It is an outright lie," he said. "In fact, it was the training I received at the center that pulled me out of the quagmire of extremist religious thoughts. It gave me a new life and changed my destiny."

Hanaysham Imir, the mother of a student at a boarding school in Kuqa, Aksu Prefecture, used her own experience to debunk claims of "forced boarding" of ethnic minority students.

"On the question of whether boarding schools are good or not, the parents have the most say. It is our choice to let our children go to boarding schools," she said, adding that the facilities at the school were very good, and her son fared well in his studies.

"It is ridiculous for some Western media to smear and discredit our boarding schools in Xinjiang! We are firmly opposed to it," she added.