China welcomes World community to visit Xinjiang

BEIJING, March 1 (INP): China welcomes people from all over the world to visit Xinjiang, said a spokesperson of Chinese Foreign Ministry Wang Wenbin.

He told reporters here at a news briefing, that over the past years, more than 1,200 diplomats, journalists and religious personnel from over 100 countries visited Xinjiang and saw the region with their eyes, knowing that what they witnessed was entirely different from some Western media reports.

He said, China welcomes the EU officials and EU member states’ diplomats stationed in China to visit Xinjiang, and has extended multiple invitations and made meticulous arrangements to satisfy their request to the best extent, showing the maximum sincerity and flexibility.

Regrettably, however, the EU side has been postponing the visit, raising unreasonable demands and even asking to see criminals sentenced for engagement in separatist activities.

It made us feel that the EU side doesn’t have the interest in visiting Xinjiang if China doesn’t take orders from it. This is apparently a provocation that neglects Chinese laws and interferes in China’s judicial sovereignty.

Xinjiang’s door is wide open to the world, and China’s invitation and sincerity remain unchanged. However, the visiting delegation shouldn’t be an “investigation task force” with the presumption of guilt.

Highlighting some facts, Wang Wenbin stated, since 1978 to 2018, the Uyghur population in Xinjiang grew from 5.55 million to 12.71 million. That means the Uyghur population in Xinjiang more than doubled over the past four decades or so.

Between 2010 and 2018 alone, the Uyghur population in Xinjiang increased by 25 percent. This figure is higher than the total population growth rate in Xinjiang and 10-plus times higher than that of the Han population during the same period. a

The spokesperson asked lawmakers in the Dutch parliament who supported the so-called “motion” on Xinjiang affairs.

This motion of the Dutch House of Representatives disregards facts and legal common sense. It represents an intentional effort to smear China and a blatant interference into China’s internal affairs. China strongly condemns and firmly rejects that.

In essence, Xinjiang-related issues are about countering violent terrorism, radicalization and separatism.

They concern China’s sovereignty, territorial integrity and national security.

A few years ago, Xinjiang witnessed thousands of violent terrorist cases, bringing sufferings to hundreds and thousands of innocent people. In this context, the Chinese government firmly cracked down on terrorism and took preventative counter-terrorism measures to achieve de-radicalization through education.

The Xinjiang region of China has been earnestly implementing the UN Plan of Action to Prevent Violent Extremism, which is consistent with the principles and spirit of the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy. Thanks to the efforts of the local people of all ethnic groups, there has been no violent terrorist case for more than four years in a row in Xinjiang.

The region now enjoys social stability and a sound development momentum, and the local people are living a safe and happy life. Facts have proved that there has never been any “genocide” in Xinjiang.

This is a lie of the century deliberately concocted by extreme anti-China forces, and a ridiculous farce to smear and defame China.

The spokesperson reiterated that Xinjiang-related issues are purely China’s domestic affairs. We are firm in upholding national sovereignty, security and development interests.

”  We hope the relevant personnel in the Netherlands can hold an objective and just position, respect China’s core interests and major concerns, stop their erroneous practices immediately and uphold the big picture of bilateral ties with concrete actions.

He added, they are ready to provide and we have indeed been providing convenience to those who want to come and see Xinjiang as what it is with an unbiased mind. Xinjiang’s door is always open.

For diplomats of the EU and its member states who are stationed in China and wish to visit Xinjiang, our invitation stands, and so does our sincerity. But the visits are not supposed to be investigation based on presumption of guilt, he added.

INP/javed