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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Geng Shuang RejectsReports Concerning Xinjiang on November 26

Some Western media have been enthusiastic in making rumors about Xinjiang, and certain politicians in some countries have been enjoying the pleasure of accusing China whenever there's hotspot news at hand. Those behaviors show clearly how they play double standards on counter-terrorism and de-radicalization issues, and how vicious their intentions are when using Xinjiang-related issues to interfere in China's internal affairs. Here I'd like to stress the following points.


First, there are no so-called "issues" related to ethnicity, religion or human rights in Xinjiang. What the Western media accuse are in fact local government's efforts in counter-terrorism and de-radicalization. From 1990 to 2016, thousands of violent and terrorist incidents occurred in Xinjiang, which caused heavy casualties and property losses. Under such circumstances, Xinjiang lawfully fought violent and terrorist crimes while addressing the root causes, and it hasn't seen a single violent, terrorist incident over the past three years. The region now enjoys stability, ethnic solidarity and its people lives a happy life. If it is indeed true, as some people claim, that residents in Xinjiang should oppose our positive measures, do they rather want to live in the shadows of extremism, violence and terrorism instead?


Second, the Chinese government protects the freedom of religious belief of all Chinese nationals, including Xinjiang Uyghurs and other ethnic minorities. There are nearly 200 million religious believers in China. Among them are more than 20 million Muslims and over 380 thousand clerics. There are approximately 5,500 religious groups and over 140,000 places of worship registered for religious activities. In Xinjiang, there are 24,400 mosques, which means there is a mosque for every 530 Muslims on average. Those are all facts that you can find in the seven white papers on Xinjiang published since 2015. Apparently what some people in Western countries lack is not means to get the correct information, but the courage and conscience to admit the truth.


Third, China welcomes foreigners with an objective and fair mind to visit Xinjiang. Since the end of last year, thousands of foreign diplomats, international organization officials and media personnel have visited Xinjiang and seen with their own eyes the remarkable achievements in preventive counter-terrorism and de-radicalization. China also extended invitations to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and her office for visiting Xinjiang and other places in China. But in the meantime I must emphasize that Xinjiang affairs are China's internal affairs that allow no foreign interference under the pretext of access to Xinjiang or other Xinjiang-related issues.


Finally, we will continue to handle our domestic affairs well. We will continue to implement our Xinjiang policy and ensure the region's sound development. The most powerful response to certain media and individuals is Xinjiang's lasting prosperity, stability, ethnic solidarity and social harmony. Here is some advice to certain Western media and people: instead of hyping up Xinjiang-related issues with despicable lies, why don't you give up bias and do some real things to help your people know more about Xinjiang?v

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