Q: In response to a few western countries' irresponsible remarks on issues related to Hong Kong and Xinjiang in the Third Committee of the UN General Assembly, some 70 countries made statements in support of China's position and opposed western countries' interference in China's internal affairs. What is China's comment?
A: Recently, nearly 70 countries made statements at the Third Committee of the 75th session of the UN General Assembly, supporting and echoing China's position. Among them, Pakistan made a joint statement on Hong Kong-related issues on behalf of 55 countries, and Cuba made a joint statement on Xinjiang-related issues on behalf of 45 countries, supporting China's position and measures on issues related to Hong Kong and Xinjiang. These countries believe that China's formulation and implementation of the Law on safeguarding National Security in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region is conducive to the stable and long-term implementation of the "one country, two systems" principle, to the prosperity and stability of Hong Kong, and to the better protection of the legal rights and freedoms of the Hong Kong residents in a secure environment. These countries appreciate that Xinjiang has taken a series of measures in accordance with law to counter the threat of terrorism and extremism and protect the human rights of the people of all ethnic groups in Xinjiang. They stressed that non-interference in the internal affairs of sovereign states is an important principle of the UN Charter, and they firmly oppose the politicization of human rights issues and double standards, as well as groundless accusations and interference against China.
These voices of justice once again demonstrate that people can tell right from wrong. Once again, a few western countries failed in their attempt to smear China on issues related to Hong Kong and Xinjiang. China has repeatedly expounded its position. What I want to stress is that issues related to Hong Kong and Xinjiang are by no means human rights issues as touted by some forces, still less should they be politicized. A small number of external forces, out of ulterior motives, carry out interference in the name of human rights. China is firmly opposed to anyone, any country or any force creating instability, division or unrest in China, and political manipulation and interference in China's internal affairs under the cloak of Hong Kong- and Xinjiang-related issues.
In terms of human rights protection, there is no single best way, only the better one. All countries should put their own house in order first. Some western countries have bad human rights record, such as the protracted refugee issue, repeated humanitarian crises, the rise of racism, extremism and the ethnic minority issue, and the frequent occurrence of anti-Semitic, anti-Muslim and anti-black remarks and incidents. They have also wantonly imposed unilateral coercive measures on other countries, including economic blockade and financial sanctions, which seriously infringe upon other countries' basic human rights. How are these countries in any position to blame China? China will not accept "an instructor" on human rights and oppose double standards. We are ready to work with all parties to carry out constructive dialogue and cooperation based on the principle of equality and mutual respect and jointly contribute to the healthy development of the international human rights cause.