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Remarks of the Spokesperson of the Chinese Embassy on Canada's Erroneous Actions Related to China

On June 22, Canada, on behalf of the US, the UK and other western countries, put forward a joint statement related to China at the 47th session of the UN Human Rights Council, making irresponsible remarks on China’s human rights condition and groundless accusations against China over Xinjiang-related issue and other issues. On June 23, Prime Minister Trudeau once again hyped up Xinjiang-related rumors and falsely claimed that there are “human rights violations” in Xinjiang. Above actions by the Canadian side represent gross interference in China’s internal affairs, wanton breach of international law and basic norms governing international relations, a grave provocation to international fairness and justice, and flagrant affront to the 1.4 billion Chinese people. The Chinese side expresses its strong dissatisfaction and firm opposition to it.

For some time, regardless of facts and China’s solemn position, Canada and a few other western countries have been engaged in political maneuvering under the pretext of “human rights” and attacking and smearing China based on lies. Their clumsy performance reflects nothing but hypocrisy and double standard, which can be described in the following three sharp contrasts.

First, China’s great progress in human rights is in sharp contrast with the appalling records of Canada and other western countries. China, with its people enjoying broad-based and real democracy and freedom, adheres to the people-centered concept of human rights and makes remarkable achievements in human rights protection. China achieved the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal on poverty eradication ten years ahead of schedule and put in place systems social insurance unparalleled in scale worldwide. Xinjiang enjoys political stability, economic prosperity, social progress, ethnic unity and its human rights situation is at its historical best. Based on the recently released results of the Seventh National Population Census, by October 2020, the population of permanent residents of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region exceeded 25.85 million persons, an increase of 18.52 percent over 2010. Among the population of permanent residents in the region, more than 11.62 million persons were of Uygur ethnicity, increasing by 1.623 million persons or 16.2 percent over 2010. Canada, the United States and other countries, by contrast, have a deplorable record on human rights and have committed piles of crimes, including police violence, child labor, forced labor, deep-seated racism, frequent occurrence of anti-Semitic, anti-Muslim, anti-African and anti-Asian remarks and incidents, and military interventions and unilateral coercive measures that violate the basic human rights in other countries. Not long ago, the remains of 215 Indigenous Canadian children were discovered and their miserable experience was the most horrific. It is estimated that around 150,000 indigenous children were forcibly sent to “boarding schools”. In 2015, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada released a report, which determined that at least 3,200 children died at the residential schools. Today, indigenous Canadians still face systematic racial discrimination.

Second, the political manipulation of Canada and relevant western countries in multilateral institutions is in sharp contrast with its total failure. Canada, ganging up with some western countries, once again concocted the so-called joint statement at the Human Rights Council, staged another political farce of interfering in China’s internal affairs under the pretext of human rights and persisted in provoking division and confrontation on multilateral occasions. This gravely violates the purposes and principles of the UN Charter, and the principles of universality, impartiality, objectivity and non-selectivity by which the work of the Human Rights Council should be guided, and seriously undermines the atmosphere for multilateral human rights dialogue and cooperation. In stark contrast, more than 90 countries have expressed their appreciation and support for China’s just position at the Human Rights Council, and oppose unanimously politicizing and double standards on human rights issues, oppose politically motivated and groundless accusations against China based on disinformation, and oppose interference in China's internal affairs under the pretext of human rights. Facing these just voices of the international community, the noise from countries including Canada is so feeble. It illustrates a simple truth: fair-minded people can tell right from wrong. Canada taking actions to smear other countries on multilateral occasions can hardly find any support and will only lead to self-inflicted humiliation.

Third, the mentality of Canada and the relevant western countries is in sharp contrast with the trend of the Times. Today in the 21st century, interconnection and interdependence between countries are crucial for human survival. Peace, development and win-win cooperation is the trend of the times and the shared aspiration of all countries. Clinging to Cold-War mentality and ideological prejudice, Canada and a few western countries interfere in the internal affairs of other countries under the pretext of human rights and disrupt and contain their development process. This is firmly opposed not only by the Chinese people, but also by all people that love peace and uphold justice in the world. The trend of the world is surging forward. Those who follow the trend will prosper, and those who go against it will perish. Those western countries including Canada run counter to the trend of times and intend to continue to use human rights as a tool to safeguard western hegemony and interfere in other countries’ internal affairs. It is hugely overestimating its strength and doomed to fail.

I would like to stress once again that China is unswervingly determined to promote and protect its own human rights and safeguard its national sovereignty, security and development interests. We demand Canada and other countries to take China’s solemn position seriously, reflect on and solve their own serious human rights problems, listen to the justice voices from the international community, stop stoking division and confrontation on the issue of human rights, stop interfering in China’s internal affairs under the pretext of human rights and not to go further down that wrong path.

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