Today News Online Service
New Delhi, March 24
The Chinese embassy here denied reports about the “so-called genocide, forced labor and suppression of religious freedom” in Xinjiang.
The embassy said Xinjiang’s economy has grown multifold and the average life expectancy has increased from 30 to 72 years. From 2010 to 2018, the population of the Uyghurs in Xinjiang increased by 25 per cent, much higher than the 2 per cent growth rate of the Han population over the same period. “Is there such a so-called ‘genocide’ in the world?’’ it asked.
Refuting charges that access to Xinjiang is barred, the embassy said more than 1,200 foreign personnel have visited Xinjiang, and “they agreed that what they saw and experienced in the region was entirely different from Western media reports and politicians’ accusations”.
It claimed in essence, Xinjiang-related issues are about countering terrorism, radicalisation and separatism.
“It’s astonished and unbelievable to find that this Indian media openly published a picture with the flag of the so-called ‘East Turkistan’ forces and embolden terrorism and separatism,” said the embassy statement.
As a result, Xinjiang, which witnessed thousands of violent terrorist cases, has not seen a single violent terrorist case.
“There are no so-called re-education camps in Xinjiang. They are no different from ‘the Desistance and Disengagement Programme (DDP)’ or ‘De-radicalization Centers’ in other countries,” said the statement.
The allegation of demolition or damage to mosques in Xinjiang “is nothing but slanderous rumors”.
The embassy said Xinjiang-related issues are purely China’s internal affairs.
“China resolutely opposes and completely rejects a few Western countries using Xinjiang-related issues to attack and smear China and interfere in China’s internal affairs,” it maintained.