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What Is the Truth Behind Xinjiang's Governance?
2018/10/26

What Is the Truth Behind Xinjiang’s Governance?

Chinese Ambassador Lu Shaye

Recently, some Western media published a series of reports and criticized Chinas Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region for setting up re-education centers, placing a large number of Uyghur Muslims into internment camps and the so-called massive human rights violation.

What is the truth behind Xinjiang’s governance?

Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region of China is a victim to the three forces of terrorism, separatism and extremism which started mass infiltration in the region since the 1990s. The three forces”, attempting to separate Xinjiang from Chinas territory, have conspired and conducted a series of violent and terrorist activities including explosion, assassination, arson, poisoning as well as riots, heartlessly killing innocent people. In 2009, the deadly July 5 riot in Urumqi, the capital city of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, has claimed nearly 200 lives and injured more than 1700. The vast majority of the victims were civilians, including the Han, the Uighurs and other ethnic groups. The terrorists even fled to other parts of China and launched appalling terrorist attacks that shocked the world, including those at Tian’anmen Square in Beijing and Kunming Railway Station in Yunnan Province. Car ramming and knife attacks repeatedly staged on in western metropolises, and such horrifying atrocities are no longer new to Canadians.

The three forces” are highly deceptive. They brainwash the innocent civilians under the cloak of nationalism and religion to arouse religious fervor, incite racial hatred and advocate jihad against “infidels”. Such brainwashing has been even able to motivate an innocent girl to take the knife and kill people. It is a bloody fact.

Safeguarding the peace and stability of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region is the very essence of the human rights for the people of all ethnic groups in the area. In order to maintain national security, national unity and social stability, and ensure social well-being, the authorities in Xinjiang has taken steps to firmly crack down on violent terrorist attacks, arrest a batch of perpetrators who had committed severe crimes and take them to justice. With those steps, Xinjiang has witnessed drastic changes in its public security as the region has regained peace and stability. At present, various industries in Xinjiang, such as tourism, are recovering. And its safe for the local people to hang out at night. Even the city of Hotan, which is in the southern part of Xinjiang and once has been severely endangered by terrorism, is witnessing restored peace and security. People in that city can safely enjoy the wonderful night markets. These are the facts.

While vigorously combating terrorism, the Chinese government also focuses on helping people mend their ways. Instead of just making legal punishment, the government considers the relevent peoples future and provides them with opportunities to remove extreme thoughts, reintegrate into society, and lead a normal life. It should be noted that since extremism leaves no way out for anyone and does harm to society, is there anything wrong to take measures to eradicate extremist thoughts?! This is the optimal option to address both symptoms and root causes in social governance.

The battle against terrorists in Xinjiang by the Chinese government is neither an ethnic issue, nor a religious one, but a life and death fight between the justice to maintain national unity, ethnic solidarity and social stability and the evil forces to split China, incite ethnic hatred and launch violent terror attacks. The Chinese government will never identify terrorists by ethnicity or religion. However, any terrorist who commits a crime can not escape the legal penalty regardless of his or her ethnic or religious identity.

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