World China Says U.S. 'Ulterior Motive' in Xinjiang Genocide Claim is Inciting Unrest
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China has accused the United States of using claims of genocide against minorities in Xinjiang as a pretext to destabilize the northwestern region that has become a central issue in frayed bilateral relations between the two nations.
Asked by Newsweek if Chinese authorities had identified a U.S. effort to incite unrest in Xinjiang during a virtual event hosted by the Chinese Foreign Ministry on Thursday, the Chinese Communist Party chief for the region's capital said that "the ulterior motive is known to all."
China State Media Slams West's 'Potent and Malicious Attack' on 'Beautiful Uyghur Autonomous Region'
The main state newspaper released a report on its findings about "lies" from the U.S. and other countries on the region.The "beautiful" Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region has "long been portrayed as the darkest place in the world," according to the People's Daily.
Xu Hairong, who serves as secretary for the Chinese Communist Party Urumqi Municipal Committee, then proceeded to play two video clips.
The first clip was taken from a 2018 address to the Ron Paul Institute by retired U.S. Army Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson, former chief of staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell, in which he said that among the primary objectives for thepresence in Afghanistan were maintaining the capability to disrupt China's Belt and Road Initiative, and conducting a CIA-backed campaign using the Uighur minority group against Beijing.
He also noted the importance of Xinjiang to China's energy needs.
The second clip showedtranslator-turned-whistleblower Sibel Edmonds during a 2015 interview discussing a U.S. effort to take on China through Xinjiang due to its strategic location and centrality to China's oil and gas infrastructure.
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In a statement, G7 foreign ministers cast China as a bully and accused the nation of committing human rights violations.In a statement issued Wednesday by the G7, which comprises Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States, foreign ministers cast China as a bully and accused the nation of committing several human rights violations.
"After watching those two video clips, I believe you will come to your own conclusion," Xu said.
Last year, the U.S. began accusing the Chinese government of conducting genocide against Uighurs, a majority-Muslim minority that resides in Xinjiang, under former President. His successor's top diplomat, Secretary of State , has continued to use the term.
The allegations revolve around China's policy of maintaining vocational education and training centers with the stated aim of stamping out extremism in Xinjiang. The State Department's latest human rights report published in March referred to these facilities as "extrajudicial internment camps," and estimated that up to a million individuals were interred there, while a further two million were "subjected to daytime-only 're-education' training."
The report also accused China of "forced sterilization, coerced abortions, and more restrictive application of China's birth control policies; rape; torture of a large number of those arbitrarily detained; forced labor; and the imposition of draconian restrictions on freedom of religion or belief, freedom of expression, and freedom of movement."
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The home stay program is part of a broader crackdown on Uyghurs and ethnic minorities in Xinjiang that the US and other nations have called "genocide," an accusation that China angrily rejects. Rosy images of the home stay program heavily promoted in Chinese state media depict the policy as a blend of community service and education.Videos and social media posts on official accounts show host families and cadres warmly greeting each other as "relatives," cooking meals together, and even sharing beds at night.
Chinese officials have vehemently rejected this narrative, calling it "the lie of the century." During Thursday's event, Chinese ambassador to the U.S. Cui Tiankai defended his country.
"In the United States and other Western countries, lies about Xinjiang still hold sway. Systemic slandering and unilateral sanctions against China are rife," Cui said. "But lies cannot stand the scrutiny of facts. The so-called 'genocide' is just a downright lie."
He accused the U.S. along with other countries and organizations that have raised the issue of trying "to bring about a collapse and split-up of China from the inside." He said that, "feigning concerns about Xinjiang's human rights, they are thinking about using Xinjiang to contain China."
Cui also warned of the potential for conflict to emerge as a result of the dispute.
"In history, wars started with lies were not rare, and the lies of the Western world, including the United States, have caused such tragedies in places like Iraq, Libya, and Syria that there should be enough cause for alarm," he said.
A number of Uighur militants are known to operate in Syria and Afghanistan, among other countries, as part of the Turkistan Islamic Party, which has also staged attacks in China in past years. The group is considered a terrorist organization by a broad group of countries including a number of U.S. allies, but the State Department revoked this label last October as U.S.-China ties further deteriorated.
Drop in Xinjiang birthrate largest in recent history: report
BEIJING (AP) — Xinjiang in far western China had the sharpest known decline in birthrates between 2017 and 2019 of any territory in recent history, according to a new analysis by an Australian think tank. The report from the Australian Strategy Policy Institute, obtained exclusively ahead of publication by The Associated Press, showed the 48.74% decline was concentrated in areas with many Uyghurs, Kazakhs and other largely Muslim ethnic minorities, based on Chinese government statistics over nearly a decade. Birthrates in largely minority counties fell 43.7% between 2017 and 2018 alone, with over 160,000 fewer babies born.
U.S. policy toward minorities in China has previously been tied to the state of relations between the two countries. Theengaged in a nearly two-decade campaign in support of Tibetan independence before the program was ended ahead of former President Richard Nixon's milestone trip to meet Chinese Communist Party Chair Mao Zedong in 1972.
While U.S.-China relations have improved over the decades, they deteriorated sharply under Trump's presidency. Biden has said he envisioned both cooperation and competition with Beijing.
Washington today sought to drum up global support in raising awareness of what it perceives to be a systematic ethnic cleansing campaign in Xinjiang. The issue has led to a divide in the international community, evidenced by a 39-nation joint statement condemning Chinese actions in Xinjiang last October and a 64-nation joint statement defending China's human rights record in March.
The U.S. has stepped up the feud by slapping sanctions against China and senior officials accused of being complicit in what's happening in Xinjiang.
Blinken toldnews on Thursday that the U.S. was taking the initiative "when it comes to the atrocities being committed against Uyghurs, trying to make sure that countries are not supplying any equipment or technology that could be used to repress people in China, or that we're not buying products that are made with forced labor."
Uyghur imams targeted in China's Xinjiang crackdown
China has targeted Muslim religious leaders, according to a new report, charging many with extremism.The research, compiled by the Uyghur Human Rights Project and shared with the BBC, also found evidence that 18 clerics had died in detention or shortly after.
"There are a number of very concrete steps," he added, "but the first and most important step is to speak up, speak out."
The issue joins concerns about China's approach to Hong Kong and Tibet in a joint statement published Wednesday by the G7, which includes Canada, the, France, Germany, Japan, the United Kingdom and the U.S.
The mention was met with dismissal in Beijing.
"Issues concerning Xinjiang, Tibet and Hong Kong are all China's domestic affairs," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said Thursday.
"We urge relevant countries to take a hard look at their own problems, redress their self-serving approach in fighting COVID-19 and stop the wrong practice of stretching national security concept," he said. "Attempts to concoct all sorts of excuses to meddle in China's internal affairs, harm Chinese sovereignty and tarnish China's image in disregard of basic norms of international relations are doomed to fail."
Xinjiang Religious Leader Says U.S. Lying About Human Rights Violations in Region, China .
Abdureqip Tomurniyaz, president of the Xinjiang Islamic Association, said that the U.S. and Western nations "want to sabotage Xinjiang's harmony and stability, contain China's rise and alienate relations between China and Islamic countries."Abdureqip Tomurniyaz, president of the Xinjiang Islamic Association, accused forces in the U.S. and other Western nations of lying a day after human rights groups and Western nations met to demand for U.N. human rights experts to visit Xinjiang, China. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken criticized China for "crimes against humanity and genocide against Muslim Uyghurs.