Kaselehlie Press Publishes Ambassador Huang Zheng's article on Xinjiang Issue and China's Human Rights Development
2020/01/15

On January 13th, 2020, the Kaselehlie Press, the renowned newspaper in the FSM, published, in its Vol. 20 and Iss. 02, an article by H.E. Huang Zheng, Chinese Ambassador to the FSM, titled Facts of China's Xinjiang Issue Tolerate No Fabrication. Below is its full text:

Recently, there has been some misinformation and misunderstanding regarding China's Xinjiang issue circulated in the local and international media. In order to help the FSM people keep from being misled by distorted facts and false allegations, I feel obliged to share with you the following truth about Xinjiang and China's take on human rights.

 

Xinjiang issue is not about human rights, ethnicity or religion, but about fighting violence, terrorism and separatism. It's concerning China's sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity.

 

There exists none of so-called "concentration camp" in Xinjiang, nor are millions of Muslims and Uighur people detained there. In fact, since the 1990s to 2016, terrorist, separatist and extremist forces domestic and abroad launched several thousand terrorist attacks that are against humanity, society and civilization, causing massive casualties as well as property loss to people of all ethnic groups in Xinjiang. You may refer to the relevant documentaries and While Papers at the following websites:

http://news.cgtn.com/news/2019-12-05/Fighting-terrorism-in-Xinjiang-MaNLLDtnfq/index.html

http://news.cgtn.com/news/2019-12-07/The-black-hand-ETIM-and-terrorism-in-Xinjiang-MepKpOPAKA/index.html

https://www.scio.gov.cn/zfbps/ndhf/39911/Document/1649933/1649933.htm

http://www.scio.gov.cn/zfbps/ndhf/39911/Document/1660006/1660006.htm

 

While doubling the efforts to crack down terrorist and violent crimes, the Xinjiang local governments focused on preventive counter-terrorism measures. They learned from some Islamic countries and established vocational education and training centers. People influenced by extremism were arranged to learn mandarin, laws and skills in the centers so that they can return to normal life with stable employment and improved livelihood. Many successful stories have proven the establishment of the centers is in the fundamental interests of the people in Xinjiang. Effective de-radicalization and poverty relief have also won wide support for these measures from the 25 million Xinjiang people. For the past 3 years, not a single terrorist incident has taken place in Xinjiang, which contributes to sound economic development momentum and harmonious relations among ethnic groups. Additionally, allegations claiming people outside the "concentration camp" are living under strict monitoring and lack of freedom are totally groundless. Since the end of 2018, over 70 delegations of more than 1000 people from 91 countries have made their visits to Xinjiang and the vocational education and training centers. The delegates include foreign officials, diplomats, journalists and religious people. They all highly praised China's efforts in countering and preventing terrorism and acknowledged it's worthy of learning from China's experience.

 

After all, Xinjiang affairs are China's internal affairs in nature, where no foreign government or force shall interfere. China highly appreciates the strong support by the FSM government for China's sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity on the issues of Taiwan, Xinjiang and Xizang (Tibet), etc., just as the same way China strongly supports the FSM's sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity.

 

There is no best, only better in human rights. In spite of the common objective of people from countries all over the world to protect and advance human rights, as manifested by the word "universal" in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the human civilization is diverse and dynamic, so there are tremendous differences in history, culture, domestic conditions and development priorities among countries, and virtually not a single country is perfect and doesn't have any room of improvement in their human rights conditions. We cannot and shall not pursue a completely uniform definition and standard of human rights, nor shall we allow any single country to set this definition and standard.

 

The Chinese government has always attached great importance to protecting and advancing human rights, firmly adhered to a people-centered approach, continuously committed to the right of existence and development as the primary human rights and successfully opened up and embarked on a path of human rights development consistent with China's domestic conditions. On one hand, China achieved the fastest massive poverty alleviation. Over the past 41 years since the Reform and Opening-up, more than 800 million people were lifted out of poverty, accounting for 70% of the world's total, creating a miracle in the history of human development and poverty alleviation. On the other hand, China has established a complete legal system of human rights protection. Respecting and protecting human rights is a major principle of China's constitution. Just within the five-year period between 2014 and 2018, China introduced more than 1500 reform measures to elevate the standard of human rights protection, passed 32 laws closely related to human rights protection. Therefore, the 1.4 billion Chinese people enjoying peace, freedom and happiness have the best say on this issue.

 

While pushing forward the development of its domestic human rights cause, China also conducts extensive international cooperation and exchanges on human rights and fulfills its international human rights obligations to the end of promoting global governance of human rights towards a more fair, reasonable and inclusive direction. China has also received wide recognition from the international community for its path of human rights development, achievements in the human rights cause, determination in human rights protection and contribution to the world in this regard. You may check the following website for China's human rights development:

https://www.scio.gov.cn/zfbps/ndhf/39911/Document/1665097/1665097.htm

 

In the spirit of respecting and promoting diversity and mutual learning among civilizations, China will fully respect and support all other countries, including the FSM, to follow a path of human rights development consistent with their own domestic conditions, and participate in the global governance of human rights. China will continue to work shoulder to shoulder with the international community to advance the world human rights cause and to build a Community with a Shared Future for Humanity.

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