China is walking the talk on religious freedom in Xinjiang

As it happens, some news media and critics in the West are stamping China as aggressive and discriminating toward its Uygur population and their religion in Xinjiang. And the trouble with their anti-China rhetoric is the way it ideologically masks the underlying geopolitical and economic forces that drive dissent and enmity.

In quest for truth, there are basically three major takeaways. The first is that Beijing has never broken or bypassed the constitution on religious freedom. As an ancient civilization, China prides itself as a country where Muslims have had the same chances to live with dignity. If in doubt, Article 36 of China’s constitution clearly stipulates that all citizens shall enjoy the freedom of religious belief.

The government walks the talk through its positive engagement in Xinjiang. Uygurs face no discrimination and the re-engagement program never blights their individual prospects, opportunities and self-esteem. Oddly enough, that hasn’t stopped some corporate media outlets from jumping to the conclusion that China is violating Uygurs’ basic rights in Xinjiang.

The second takeaway is that although the many Western print and digital media are giving us a constant stream of “information” on the vocational education and training center, 54 Muslim and non-Muslim countries have publicly voiced their support for China’s policy in Xinjiang.

Tourists and local residents dance in the old town of Kashgar, northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, July 11, 2018. /Xinhua Photo

That’s not a shrinking violet. And using the “economy” or “money” as excuses to try to discredit the support is veering dangerously close to a misinformation campaign. And it will undermine the Chinese government’s attempts at maintaining security and securing the rights of its people.

The West’s accusations ring eerily hollow and they stand alone. The published so-called “leaked documents” try to paint the vocational education and training centers with negativity. However, this is a place where people learn job skills and then leave. There have been many documentaries and videos produced to support such a fact. This alone should debunk the West’s fake narrative.

Courtesy: CGTN

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