Observer: Western conspiracy on Uygur population cannot affect Xinjiang's peace, stability
By Zhu Yurou
People's Daily app


Recently, an anti-China pseudo-scholar from Germany named Adrian Zenz published a report accusing China of implementing sterilization procedures on ethnic minorities in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region to limit the population of Uygurs. His claim that "Xinjiang's natural population growth has declined dramatically" is undoubtedly wrong and absurd, since he deliberately used false statistics and highly misleading interviews.

Zenz's claim neither conforms to scientific research methods and academic norms nor accords with the reality in Xinjiang. The basic human rights of residents of all ethnic groups in Xinjiang are effectively guaranteed, and the people are living a safe and happy life.

For a long time, certain forces in the international community, especially Western forces, have been hyping up misinformation about Xinjiang-related affairs. Now, they are using the population issue as a new lever to discredit China.

However, it is a fact that the population in Xinjiang has grown continuously in recent years and the so-called "demographic genocide" is baseless. Uygur population in Xinjiang has grown from 5.55 million to 11.68 million in the past 40 years. The increase is clear.

The growth of the Uygur ethnic group is higher than the growth of the total population of the region, figures released by the regional government show. During the same period, the Han ethnic group population increased 2 percent to 9 million in the region.

A decline in Xinjiang's population growth in 2018 is a result of the full implementation of China's family planning policy, economic and social development, and the shift in the desired number of children by people of all ethnic groups. Still, the region's population growth rate is higher than the average figure in other parts of China. In fact, ethnic minorities in China have enjoyed preferential treatment. In particular, the national family-planning policy is relatively loose for them.

The media has repeatedly disclosed that Zenz is actually the backbone of the "research group on Xinjiang's educational and training centers" set up under the control of US intelligence agencies. He makes a living by concocting Xinjiang-related rumors and slandering China.

Some Western scholars like Zenz, who already hold an anti-China stance, produce so-called academic papers to find fault with China. They are actually coordinating with the US to smear China and disrupt its development.

Since the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region was established, its economic aggregate has grown by almost 200 times, and people's standards of living have been constantly improving. There is one mosque for every 530 Muslims in Xinjiang, a number higher than that in many Muslim countries.

Those who attack China's human rights never dare to face the realities. Xinjiang-related matters are not about human rights at all, but about combating violence, terrorism and separatism. Without interference by Western forces in China's internal affairs, Xinjiang will become more stable and prosperous.

One should always rely on facts and truth instead of just listening to one side of the story, let alone spreading misinformation. It is extremely irresponsible to spread rumors, which also shows massive disrespect for the modernization process achieved by the Chinese people.

China is open to the world, therefore friends from all walks of life are welcome to experience China's development and changes. However, people of all ethnic groups in Xinjiang will definitely not welcome those who carry biased views and a presumption of guilt.