Beijing, February 25 (INP): China welcomes people from all over the world traveling to Xinjiang to see the region’s prosperity and the residents’ happy life.
Invited by the Chinese side, more than 1,200 foreign diplomats, international organization officials, journalists and religious personnel from over 100 countries visited Xinjiang in the past years, a spokesperson of Chinese Foreign Ministry Wang Wenbin said here at a news briefing.
They agreed that what they saw and experienced in the region was entirely different from Western media reports.
At the high-level segment of the 46th session of the UN Human Rights Council, State Councilor Wang Yi reiterated that the door to Xinjiang is always open.
” We welcome the High Commissioner for Human Rights to visit Xinjiang. China already extended invitation to the High Commissioner for visiting Xinjiang and other places in China, and both sides have been in communication on that.”
He stressed that the purpose of the visit is to enhance bilateral exchange and cooperation rather than carry out “investigations” with the presumption of guilt.
The spokesperson added, ” We firmly oppose any political maneuvers to press China on this matter. The UK’s proposed so-called “resolution” is apparently out of the ill intention to muddy the water, slander China and sabotage China’s cooperation with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, which we firmly oppose.
Its petty tricks cannot fool the international community.”
Wang Wenbin said, the UK has abused the platform of the UN Human Rights Council to spread disinformation, smear China and meddle in China’s internal affairs. China firmly rejects such unacceptable accusations.
The UK is keen on lecturing and pressuring other countries, meddling in their internal affairs and practicing politicization and double standards on human rights issues.
However, it turns a blind eye to the severe rights issues at home. One-third of British families with children aged under five live below the poverty line. Millions of children suffer from hunger.
The British military committed murder of innocent civilians and torture in Iraq and Afghanistan, but the perpetrators are still sheltered by the government and unpunished. In the UK there are a lot of such phenomena as racial discrimination, xenophobia, hate speeches, and severe rights abuses against refugees and immigrants.
We urge the UK to take concrete measures to improve domestic human rights condition and contribute something tangible to the sound development of the international human rights cause.”