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Q&A by Spokesperson of the Embassy of China in Belgium on Xinjiang-Related Resolution Proposal Adopted by the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Belgian Federal Chamber of Representatives
2021-06-16 16:29

Q: On June 15, the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Belgian Federal Chamber of Representatives passed a Xinjiang-related proposal. What’s China’s comment on this?

A: The Foreign Affairs Committee of the Belgian Chamber of Representatives, regardless of China’s stern position, insisted on passing the Xinjiang-related proposal, which disregards facts and truth, deliberately smears and attacks China, and grossly interferes in China’s internal affairs. This is a serious violation of international law and basic norms governing international relations, and an insult and provocation to the 1.4 billion Chinese people. China firmly opposes and strongly condemns this degrading act.

The slander that Xinjiang has “serious risks of genocide” and “mass violations of human rights that may constitute crimes against humanity” is pure nonsense. Over the past 60 years, Xinjiang’s economic volume has increased by more than 200 times, its per capita GDP has increased by nearly 40 times, and its average life expectancy has increased from 30 to 72 years. The Uyghur population has continued to grow, and people of all ethnic groups are living better lives. Where does the “risk of genocide” come from? The so-called evidence that slanders China’s Xinjiang policy has been nothing more than some fake reports by a handful of anti-China scholars, fake news from some western media, and fake stories made up by several lie-telling witnesses. These lies are totally untenable and cannot upend international justice. There is no “risk of genocide” in Xinjiang at all, only the fact that anti-China forces have been bringing false charges against China with a presumption of guilt. History will prove that those malicious acts slandering the policy for fighting terrorism, extremism, separatism and poverty are truly anti-humanity.

We emphasize once again that Xinjiang-related matters are not about human rights, ethnicity or religion, but rather anti-violence, anti-separatism, and de-radicalization. Xinjiang has adopted preventive counter-terrorism and de-radicalization measures to effectively curb the frequent occurrence of terrorist activities, and to protect the lives of all ethnic groups, develop economies, and improve livelihoods. This protects to the fullest the basic human rights of all ethnic people in Xinjiang, which has been recognized by the international community. No country can ignore the truth and use Xinjiang-related matters as a tool for political manoeuvre.

Xinjiang affairs are China’s internal affairs. China’s determination to defend national sovereignty, security, and development interests is unwavering, and its determination to safeguard Xinjiang’s development, stability, and national unity is unwavering. External forces’ attempts to contain China’s development through Xinjiang-related matters will never succeed. We strongly urge the Belgian Federal Chamber of Representatives and individual politicians to respect the facts, stop interfering in China’s internal affairs, and stop seeking political profits through Xinjiang-related matters. History will also prove that those who attempt to insult others will only insult themselves.

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