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Chinese Embassy Spokesperson's Remarks on Sayragul Sauytbay's Preposterous Statements on Swedish Media

We have noticed that recently Sayragul Sauytbay made some preposterous statements on Sveriges Television (SVT) to again smear and attack China’s measures to fight terrorism, eradicate extremism, and maintain social stability in China’s Xinjiang in accordance with the law. We firmly oppose her statements.

Sayragul Sauytbay has never worked in any vocational education and training center in Xinjiang, and has never been detained before leaving China. In 2018, Sayragul Sauytbay illegally crossed the border from China to Kazakhstan, and received criminal sentence by Kazakhstan authorities for illegal entry. Her action also violated Chinese laws and constituted the crime of illegally crossing the national border of China. In addition to that, Sayragul Sauytbay is suspected of credit fraud in China with unpaid debts. No government at any level in China has ever “persecuted” her, hence no grounds for her applying for refugee status. It is shameless of her to fabricate numerous lies to slander the Chinese Government in order to make up excuses for applying for refugee status and evade the judicial authorities of China and Kazakhstan.

Xinjiang has been an inalienable part of the Chinese territory since ancient times. In recent years, it has been under serious threats of ethnic separatism, religious extremism and violent terrorism. The vocational education and training centers have been established in accordance with the law to eradicate extremism. They have played an important role in maintaining and promoting stable development of China’s Xinjiang region. As a result, there has been no terrorist incident in Xinjiang for more than three years. The vocational education and training work in Xinjiang has won the support of all ethnic groups in Xinjiang and positive comments from many countries across the world.

We urge SVT to abide by journalistic ethics, do reporting in an objective and fair manner, and not provide a platform for anti-China false political propaganda. It is hoped that the Swedish side will not be deceived by lies or act as a protector or safe haven for criminals.

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