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Embassy Spokesperson's Remarks on the Passing of a so-called Motion on Xinjiang-related Issues at the House of Commons of the UK

Question: On April 22nd, the House of Commons of the UK passed a motion declaring that Uygurs and other ethnic minorities in Xinjiang are being subjected to “crimes against humanity” and “genocide”, and calling on the UK Government to act to “bring it to an end”. What is the comment of the Chinese Embassy in the UK?

Embassy Spokesperson: A handful of British MPs cooked up this motion on Xinjiang in disregard of facts and common sense with a view to discrediting and attacking China. This move gravely violates international law and the basic norms governing international relations and grossly interferes in China’s internal affairs. The Chinese side firmly opposes this and expresses its strong condemnation. I want to emphasize the following:

First, the so-called “genocide” against Uygurs in Xinjiang is a flat-out lie which violates international law. The term “genocide”, which is universally believed to be a severe international crime, is clearly defined in the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide adopted at the UN General Assembly in December 1948. Therefore, a finding of genocide must result from the application of authoritative, stern and inflexible procedural rules. It must survive a strict scrutiny of the facts and withstand the test of time. No country, organization, or individual is qualified or entitled to determine arbitrarily that another country has committed “genocide”. In international relations, no country should use this accusation in a political game of rumor-mongering and malicious manipulation.

The unwarranted accusation by a handful of British MPs that there is “genocide” in Xinjiang is the most preposterous lie of the century, an outrageous insult and affront to the Chinese people, and a gross breach of international law and the basic norms governing international relations.

Second, the so-called “genocide” is an outrageous smear against the development achievements of Xinjiang and China’s Xinjiang-related policies. The Xinjiang-related issues are in nature counter-violent terrorism, de-radicalisation and anti-separatism, and they bear on China’s sovereignty, territorial integrity and national security. The Chinese Government is earnestly implementing the UN Plan of Action to Prevent Violent Extremism, drawing lessons from similar actions of other countries and carrying out de-radicalisation work in accordance with law. All these are completely in line with the principles and spirit of the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy.

Thanks to the concerted efforts of people of all ethnic groups, there has been no violent terrorist case in Xinjiang for over four years in a run. The people in Xinjiang are enjoying social security and stability, steady economic development and secure and happy life. The population of Uygurs in Xinjiang has kept growing in recent years. From 2010 to 2018, the Uygur population in Xinjiang increased from 10.1715 million to 12.7184 million. This increase of 25.04% is not only higher than the growth rate of the whole population in Xinjiang (13.99%). It is also much higher than the growth rate of Han ethnic group (2%). People of all ethnic groups in the region fully enjoy the rights to life and development. The spoken and written languages, traditional cultures and customs of all ethnic groups are well protected and carried forward. It is a fact that there is no “genocide” in Xinjiang and China has never committed the so-called “crimes against humanity”. The “genocide” smear campaign against Xinjiang is sheer political manipulation in the name of human rights.

Third, China strongly opposes the UK’s blatant interference in China’s internal affairs. China remains unwavering in its determination to safeguard its sovereignty, security and development interests. For those British MPs making groundless accusation of “genocide” against Xinjiang, it is rather the grave domestic violation of human rights here in the UK that calls for deep reflection and rectification. A few days ago, the UN Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent strongly condemned the report by the UK’s Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities, pointing out that the report distorted and falsified the historical and current facts of racism in the UK. Whitewashing domestic human rights issues while at the same time staging human rights farces concerning other countries smack of sheer hypocrisy and double standards.

We urge the UK side to recognize the development of Xinjiang, have a right understanding on Xinjiang-related issues, take concrete measures to respect China’s core interests and major concerns and immediately right its wrong moves.

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