Chinese officials rebut foreign media reports on Xinjiang

The officials from the Information Office of the People’s Government of northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region held a press conference in Urumqi, capital of the autonomous region, on Xinjiang-related issues and took questions from journalists on Friday.

Q: The New York Times recently carried a report alleging Xinjiang government sends children to boarding schools, “separates” them by force from their parents, and “replaces ethnic languages with Mandarin,” and “brainwashes” them with patriotic education. What’s your response to this?  

A: Parhat Rozi, deputy secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Kashgar Prefectural Committee, rejected the report and said “this report is baseless and packed with fakery. It is completely a subjective fabrication,” adding that such reports are “self-conflicting.”

“Boarding school education has been an effective way to improve the education level and reduce the burden on students and their parents in China’s remote areas,” Rozi said.

“In Xinjiang, governments at all levels fully respect people’s right and freedom of all ethnic groups to use their own spoken and written languages,” he stressed.

Patriotic education in Xinjiang schools has been propagated as “brainwashing” by the West, which is a typical double standard, he added.

Parhat Rozi, deputy secretary of the CPC Kashgar Prefectural Committee, speaks to the press, in Urumqi, capital of northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, January 3, 2020. /CGTN Photo

Q: In recent days, there have been “missing people posts” on foreign social media platforms. People who posted these messages claimed their attempts to locate the whereabouts of their “relatives” and “friends” in Xinjiang yielded no results; not even a trace of them. What’s your comment on this?

A: Rozi noted that most of the information and pictures in those posts are fake and facts showed that the so-called “missing people” are living a normal and stable life. 

“For example, Rozimamat Atawula, mentioned in the posts, now works in a shoe-making factory in Hotan County, with a monthly income of 2,500 yuan. Abdukelim Abudreyi, another one listed in the posts, lives a peaceful life now in Urumqi after retirement from a public bus transport company,” Rozi said.

Q: Recently “celebrities” in the U.S. and Europe attacked Xinjiang on social media or spoke up for Uygur people, which attracted much attention on the internet. What’s your opinion? 

A: “I don’t know whether these ‘celebrities’ have ever been to Xinjiang, but they seem to be blinded by fake news, and affected by unfounded charges in their judgment. We welcome those ‘celebrities’ to visit Xinjiang. As long as they have conscience, distinguish between truth and falsehood and uphold the principle of fairness and objectivity, they will see a true Xinjiang,” Guli Ablem, deputy director of Xinjiang’s regional culture and tourism department.

Ablem added that Xinjiang is an inseparable part of Chinese territory and the Chinese government fully protects equal rights and freedom for people of all ethnic groups in accordance with law.

She said the government has always taken the people’s aspiration for a better life as the goal of its work, and resolutely delivered outcomes of development to improving the people’s life. People of all ethnic groups now enjoy a much stronger sense of gain, happiness and security.

Courtesy: CGTN

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