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Xinjiang's Prosperity and Stability Is a Vivid Reflection of the Great Progress in China's Human Rights Cause
——Ambassador Cong Peiwu Gives an Interview to Canadian OMNI Television on Xinjiang-related issues
2021/02/26

On February 25, 2021, Chinese Ambassador to Canada Cong Peiwu gave an interview to Canadian OMNI Television on Xinjiang-related issues via videolink.

Ambassador Cong Peiwu sent his greetings of the New Year of the Ox to resident Chinese nationals and friends in Canada, referring to the ox as a symbol of both diligence and hard work. The Chinese people have worked hard and made remarkable achievements in human rights development under the leadership of the Communist Party of China. Nowadays, China has already become the world’s second largest economy, established the world’s largest social security system, and successfully lifted more than 800 million people out of poverty. Today, President Xi Jinping solemnly declared that China has completed its arduous task of eradicating extreme poverty. At present, China’s human rights situation is at its historical best, and the Chinese people are in the best position to judge China's human rights situation.

Ambassador Cong Peiwu pointed out, Xinjiang is a microcosm of the human rights development in China. In the past 60 years and more, Xinjiang’s GDP expanded by over 200 times and its average life expectancy increased from 30 to 72. From 2010 to 2018, the Uyghur population in Xinjiang rose to 12.75 million, with an increase of 2.55 million or 25 percent. The growth rate of the Uyghur population is not only higher than that of Xinjiang’s total population, which is 14 percent, but also higher than that of the Han population, which is 2 percent. The fact is that the Uyghurs live and work in peace and contentment, and there is no so-called “genocide” in Xinjiang. “Genocide” is clearly defined in international law, which cannot be pinned to China. In accordance with the law, the Chinese government protects the freedom of religious belief of all Chinese citizens, including ethnic minority groups like the Uyghur Community in Xinjiang. Additionally, there is a mosque for every 530 Muslims in Xinjiang, and there is no so-called “cultural genocide” in Xinjiang either. With the intention of interfering in Chinese internal affairs and gain political capital, the House of Commons of Canada recently passed the Xinjiang-related motion to engage in political manipulation on Xinjiang-related issues under the pretext of human rights, to which China is firmly opposed.

Ambassador Cong Peiwu said, the door to Xinjiang is always open, and we welcome fair-minded foreigners to visit Xinjiang and learn the real situation there. Likewise, China welcomes the High Commissioner for Human Rights to visit Xinjiang. At the same time, we are firmly opposed to interference in China’s internal affairs by any country or individual under the pretext of human rights, to anyone who uses this matter to engage in political manipulation and put pressure on China, and to any hyping-up of the so-called “investigation” in Xinjiang by someone who is already convinced that we are guilty. Since 2018, more than 1,200 people from over 100 countries, including officials from international organizations, foreign diplomats posted in China , journalists and religious groups, have visited Xinjiang, where they saw with their own eyes a region thriving with stability and prosperity and therefore acclaimed that Xinjiang’s experience in counter-terrorism and de-radicalization was worth learning from.

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Based in Toronto, OMNI Television, which offers contents in English, Italian, Punjabi, Cantonese and Mandarin, is aimed at serving the Canadian television viewers of all ethnicities and is profoundly influential in Canada.

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