WORLD Adrian Zenz's Xinjiang 'genocide' claim a widely questioned fallacy: report


Adrian Zenz's Xinjiang 'genocide' claim a widely questioned fallacy: report


22:07, April 30, 2021

The alleged "genocide" in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region claimed by Adrian Zenz, a so-called German scholar, is a fallacy that has been met with doubt and opposition from the international community, a report released by the Xinjiang Development Research Center said on Friday.

The report, titled "Slanderer Adrian Zenz's Xinjiang-related Fallacies Versus the Truth," compared the family planning policies implemented in inland Chinese provinces with that in Xinjiang since 1975, showing that the implementation of the family planning policy for ethnic minorities in Xinjiang came 17 years later than that regarding the Han population in the region, and has been looser as well.

According to statistics, the Uygur population in Xinjiang grew from 10.17 million in 2010 to 12.72 million in 2018, an increase of 25.04 percent. The growth rate of the Uygur population was not only higher than that of the whole Xinjiang population, but also higher than the 22.14 percent for all ethnic minorities in Xinjiang, and obviously higher than that of the Han population in Xinjiang, which was 2.0 percent, the report said.

No 'forced contraception, forced sterilization' in Xinjiang

The claim made by Zenz about "forced contraception" and "forced sterilization" on Uygur women in Xinjiang is a total lie, the report said.

In a so-called "research report," Zenz claimed that the Chinese government has imposed contraceptive surgeries on Uygur women with one child and sterilization on Uygur women with three children.

In fact, people of all ethnic groups in Xinjiang enjoy the right to informed choice of contraceptive methods, as the local reproductive technology service is based on the principle of combining state guidance with individual voluntariness, according to the report released by the Xinjiang Development Research Center.

Late-term abortion, forced contraception, forced pregnancy tests and other illegal practices are prohibited in Xinjiang, it added.

Local residents walk in a street at a scenic spot in the ancient city of Kashgar, northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, May 16, 2020. /Xinhua

So-called 'Han settler colonialism' a total lie

The so-called "Han settler colonialism" in Xinjiang is a mere fabrication by Zenz, the report said.

Zenz claimed the natural population growth rate of the Han ethnic group in the Gulbagh subdistrict of Hotan City was 151.7 per 1,000 in 2018 while the rate of the natural population growth for Hotan County was 2.22 per 1,000.

But the statistics provided by Hotan Prefecture showed the natural population growth rate of the Han ethnic group in the subdistrict was just 1.2 per 1,000 in 2018, while the natural population growth rate in Hotan County was 5.29 per 1,000, according to the report.

A teacher instructs a trainee at a reading room of the vocational education and training center in Hotan County of Hotan Prefecture, northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, October 7, 2018. /Xinhua

A puppet of anti-China forces

The report said Zenz serves as a puppet and tool of anti-China forces by slandering the country's policies in Xinjiang. It found that Zenz is a core member of "research institutions" established and manipulated by U.S. intelligence agencies, a right-wing religious extremist, and an accomplice of the "East Turkistan" forces.

Based on such an identity, the "research reports" by Zenz have sinister political motives and are full of logical fallacies, though they are quoted by some Western politicians and media as facts without any verification, said the report.

It uses facts and figures to debunk a spate of groundless claims fabricated and spread by Zenz including so-called "forced labor" and "forced sterilization of Uygur women" and "religious repression" in Xinjiang.

(With input from Xinhua)

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