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Remove Tinted Lenses and View China in an Objective Way
—Remarks of Chinese Embassy Spokesperson in Canada on Recent Erroneous Remarks Related to China
2021/03/01

Recently, some Canadian media and people have started a new smear campaign against China through the issues related to Xinjiang, Hong Kong, the origin-tracing of COVID-19, the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank(AIIB). They have made malicious slanders and attacks on China’s social system in order to mislead the public and poison the atmosphere of China-Canada relations. I hereby would like to clarify the facts and set the record straight.

1. How is China’s social system?

Some people make unwarranted remarks saying the "communist system" in China is full of "evil". I would like to point out that China is a socialist country. It is the right of every sovereign state to choose the path of development. The leadership of the Communist Party of China (CPC) is the most essential feature of the socialism with Chinese characteristics. It is under the leadership of the CPC that China has changed radically and created the miracles of development and long-term social stability unprecedented in human history. Over more than 70 years since the founding of the People’s Republic of China, we have grown from an impoverished country to the world’s second largest economy, contributing more than 30 percent to the world economic growth for years. China’s GDP has gone up from 67.9 billion yuan in 1952 to 101,598.6 billion yuan in 2020. According to surveys conducted by international authoritative institutions, the government led by the CPC ranks first among the governments around the world in terms of people’s satisfaction and trust. The Chinese people know best whether China’s system is good or not, and practices have also answered that. At the same time, despite the great success of the socialist system with Chinese characteristics in China, China has never exported its development model or sought ideological confrontation.

2. Is there "genocide" in Xinjiang?

Some people falsely claim that there is "forced labor" in Xinjiang and accuse China of committing "genocide" in Xinjiang. I would like to say that there is no so-called "forced labor" in Xinjiang at all. As part of China’s workforce, workers from ethnic minority groups in Xinjiang have the rights and interests protected by law and they are free to choose a profession and can decide on where to work of their own free will. Governments at all levels in Xinjiang also fully respect the will of ethnic minority people in their employment and provide necessary training for those who wish to improve the skills needed for better jobs. By the end of 2019, nearly 3 million people in Xinjiang had been lifted out of poverty. Allegations of "genocide" and "forced labor" in this region are "the lies of the century". They were ugly farces directed by a handful of colluding individuals in the political, media and academic fields in Western countries including Canada, the United States and Australia. "Genocide" is clearly defined in international law, which cannot be pinned to China. Over the past 60 years, average life expectancy in Xinjiang has increased from 30 to 72, and the Uyghur population has continued to grow. In particular, from 2010 to 2018, the Uyghur population rose from 10.17 million to 12.72 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. How come it is called "genocide"? Canada should reflect on its own shameful records on "genocide".

3. Should the Beijing Winter Olympic Games be boycotted?

Some people in Canada call for a boycott of the Beijing Winter Olympic Games. The Chinese side firmly rejects the politicization of sports as it runs counter to the spirit of the Olympic Charter. The Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games and Winter Paralympic Games will be China’s another important contribution to the International Olympic Movement. Winter sports lovers all over the world are looking forward to the Beijing Winter Olympic Games. Now the preparations are well underway and highly recognized by the international community including the International Olympic Committee. China will work with all sides to make the Beijing Winter Olympic Games a splendid event. It is highly irresponsible for some parties to try to disrupt, intervene and sabotage the preparation and holding of Beijing Winter Olympic Games to serve their political interests. Such actions will ultimately harm the athletes, and will not be supported by the international community or succeed. The Canadian Olympic Committee recently also said that it would not boycott the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympic Games.

4. Has Hong Kong’s democracy been "eroded"?

Some people in Canada made irresponsible remarks on the law on safeguarding national security in Hong Kong, claiming that Hong Kong’s democracy has been trampled on and eroded, and that the rights and interests of 300,000 Canadians in Hong Kong cannot be protected. I want to point out that China is a country under the rule of law, Hong Kong affairs are entirely China's internal affairs. They have nothing to do with democracy or human rights and no foreign government, organization or individual has any right to interfere in them.Since its return to the motherland, the policy of "one country, two systems" and "the people of Hong Kong governing Hong Kong", and a high degree of autonomy have been effectively implemented. Hong Kong residents have enjoyed unprecedented democratic rights and freedoms. The law on safeguarding national security in Hong Kong has plugged the legal loopholes in Hong Kong’s laws, which is conducive to making the "one country, two systems" principle stable and far-reaching on the track of the rule of law, and to the long-term stability of Hong Kong. It has protected the safety of the vast majority of Hong Kong residents and the rights and freedoms they enjoy in accordance with the law. It has been and will continue to be proven that the law on safeguarding national security in Hong Kong has brought significant benefits to maintaining a favorable business environment in Hong Kong as well as to consolidating and enhancing Hong Kong’s status as an international financial, trade and shipping center. The legal rights and freedoms of Hong Kong residents and foreign citizens in Hong Kong are better protected in a more secure environment. A survey report issued by the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong showed that the vast majority of the Chamber members surveyed said that Hong Kong would remain their regional headquarters in the next three years, which indicated that the law is a pillar for the long-term stability and prosperity of Hong Kong.

5. Does COVID-19 originate from China?

Some people have accused the Chinese side of insufficient cooperation with the WHO on the origin-tracing of the virus, falsely claiming that the leak of COVID-19 from Wuhan Institute of Virology is not impossible. In fact, the origin-tracing of the virus is a scientific issue that involves multiple countries and places. There’s no scientific and factual basis with the so-called argument that COVID-19 came from Wuhan Institute of Virology. Many clues, reports and studies have shown that the pandemic has broken out in many places around the world as early as the latter half of 2019. The WHO expert group came to China recently as part of the global scientific collaboration on the origin-tracing of the virus.Upholding the meticulous spirit of science and sticking strictly to facts, the WHO experts and their Chinese colleagues overcame difficulties brought by the pandemic and had their first face-to-face exchange in a candid, in-depth and friendly manner. Members of the WHO mission spoke highly of the high degree of collaboration from the Chinese side, saying that they were granted full access to every place they asked to see, everyone they wanted to meet, and felt their Chinese colleagues' candor and trustworthiness, obtained important new data and learned more about possible transmission routes of the virus.The global origin-tracing work would not be bound to any location and may evolve geographically as evidence is generated and science-based hypotheses evolve. We hope that when science leads origin-tracing work to other locations, relevant countries will also be cooperative in an active and science-based manner, take part in the global origin-tracing work, conduct exchanges and share study results, and fulfill their due responsibilities and duties in the global efforts against the pandemic and in the building of a community of health for mankind.

6. Is China a threat to Canada’s national security and sovereignty?

Some people have criticized China for threatening Canada’s national security and sovereignty, and for threatening Canadian citizens in a covert manner. These are groundless accusations. China is committed to a peaceful development path, a win-win strategy of opening-up, and the building of a community with a shared future for mankind. We uphold the principle of non-interference and will never reduce ourselves to arbitrarily arresting a citizen of a third country at the behest of a foreign power. We urge some Canadian politicians to abandon the Cold War mentality and ideological bias, stop wantonly smearing and attacking China, stop spreading sensational falsehoods, and turn their attention to promoting China-Canada relations and enhancing mutual trust.

7. Should Canada withdraw from the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)?

Some people have questioned Canada’s joining in the AIIB, claiming that the AIIB is supported by Beijing and advocating that Canada should withdraw from it. I would like to point out that since the AIIB was launched, it has made a good start by adhering to internationalism, normalization and high standards. The founding members of the AIIB has grown from 57 to 103, and the AIIB has approved 108 projects, with a value of $22 billion. With more friends, more good partners and higher quality cooperation, the AIIB has demonstrated a brand-new image of a professional, efficient and clean multilateral development bank. The AIIB should become a new platform for promoting the common development of its members and building a community with a shared future for mankind. For Canada, the AIIB provides an opportunity to further participate in the joint construction of infrastructure through multilateral mechanism . Pulling out of the AIIB would be detrimental to Canada's own national interests.

8. Does China pose a threat to Canada’s cyber security?

Some people claim that China threatens Canada’s cyber security. I would like to point out that China is a staunch defender of cyber security and also a major victim of hacking. We stand firmly against and crack down on all forms of cyber attacks and crimes. We are opposed to politicizing and stigmatizing cyber security issues, which is not conducive to resolving hacking issues and will only weaken mutual trust between countries and affect normal cooperation in this sphere. China has put forward the Global Initiative on Data Security. We hope all sides can work together to build a peaceful, secure, open and cooperative cyber space.

Due to some obvious reasons, China-Canada relations are facing serious challenges. To put China-Canada relations back on the right track requires the joint efforts of people from all walks of life in the two countries. Under the current circumstances, some media and individuals regard China as an "imaginary enemy". The malicious hyping and whipping up public opinion are not conducive to solving the problem. We urge them to remove their tinted lenses and view China objectively. We also hope that the Canadians will all see through and not be deceived or misled by erroneous voices about China.

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