The Xinjiang issue is by no means an issue of human rights, ethnicity or religion, but an issue of anti-violence and anti-separatism. Xinjiang is China’s Xinjiang. The Xinjiang-related issues are purely China’s internal affairs, says H.E. Shi Ting Wang, Chinese Ambassador to Ghana.
Addressing a Press Conference in Accra, He said Under the pretext of protecting “human rights”, the US side pointed its finger at China with the aim to tarnish China’s image, undermine China’s stability and curb China’s development by utilizing the so-called Xinjiang issue. This fully exposed the malicious intention of the US side to contain China with Xinjiang and its double standard on the issue of counter-terrorism.
“Any attempt to interfere in China’s internal affairs and undermine the stability and development of Xinjiang under the pretext of the so-called Xinjiang-related issue is doomed to fail and will eventually become the laughingstock of history”, he explained.
Ambassador Ting Wang said for some time, some governments and media of Western countries distorted facts, smear and unjustifiable criticism of Xinjiang’s counter-terrorism and de-radicalization efforts. They claimed that “1 million Uygur Muslims in concentration camps!” … “Ethnic Cleansing and Cultural Genocide!” … These are completely groundless and erroneous.
He said in the face of these real threats, Xinjiang has taken resolute action to fight terrorism and extremism in accordance with the law. There have been no violent terrorist cases and incidents for three consecutive years in Xinjiang. The spread of extremism has been effectively contained, public security has notably improved, and people of all ethnic groups are able to live and work in peace with a much stronger sense of gain, happiness and security.
Ambassador Ting Wang said Xinjiang is a key battlefield in the fight against terrorism and extremism in China. For some time Xinjiang has been plagued by terrorism and religious extremism, which pose a serious threat to the lives of the people in the region.
“Addressing both the symptoms and root causes and integrating preventative measures and a forceful response, Xinjiang has established vocational education and training centers in accordance with the law to prevent the breeding and spread of terrorism and religious extremism, effectively curbing the frequent terrorist incidents and protecting the rights to life, health, and development of the people of all ethnic groups. Worthwhile results have been achieved”, he said.
Meanwhile, Xinjiang is a province of China. The official title of this province is called Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. Xinjiang is situated in northwest China and the hinterland of the Eurasian Continent, covering an area of 1.66 million sq km. It borders eight countries: Mongolia, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India.
Since ancient times, Xinjiang has been home to various ethnic groups, and different cultures and religions coexist. It has also been an important channel for communication between civilizations of the East and the West, and was an important section of the famed Silk Road which linked ancient China with the rest of the world.
By Evans KORANTENG