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Firmly Refuting Former US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s Xinjiang-related Mean Lies

Turdi Rahman Full-time Deputy Director with National Defense Education Office of the Publicity Department of the Xinjiang Committee of CPC

Recently, former U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made an announcement in the name of U.S. Department of State, groundlessly and ill-intendedly alleging that Xinjiang imposes “restriction on freedom of speech and action”, “forced sterilization”, “torture”, “forced labour”, and “suppresses local Muslims’ religious freedom” against Uygurs and other ethnic minorities. Xinjiang and its people of all ethnic groups strongly denounce and oppose it. I was born in Xinjiang. I have grown up and worked in Xinjiang. As a native Uygur, I have personally experienced and witnessed tremendous change in Xinjiang. Looking all over Xinjiang, its people of all ethnic groups are forging ahead to build a united, harmonious, prosperous, peaceful and progressive socialist Xinjiang and striving to achieve the Chinese dream of the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation with enthusiasm and confidence.

Pompeo’s venomous lies in the past several years are too numerous to be counted. There is no better place than the dustbin of history for Pompeo and all his vicious lies and influence. History will deliver a fair verdict on them and the day of reckoning will come. To us, Pompeo is the “political arsonist” provoking the conflict, creating confrontation and inciting hostility. This notorious liar and cheater is making himself a doomed clown and a joke of the century with his show of lies and madness just before the curtain falls.

“China committing genocide and crimes against humanity in Xinjiang” is a completely false allegation and a malicious farce fabricated and hyped up by certain anti-China, anti-communist forces, with Pompeo being a fanatical pioneer. Such a thing only exists in the ugly political conspiracies of Pompeo and his like. It has never happened, is not happening and will never happen in China!

China has time and again elaborated on the facts and truth regarding China’s Xinjiang region. China published eight white papers and the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region presented with solid figures and facts a life of stability, solidarity and harmony enjoyed by all ethnic groups in Xinjiang. Since December of 2018, domestic and foreign travelers made over 200 million trips to Xinjiang. The region has received 1,200-plus diplomats, journalists and representatives of religious groups from more than 100 countries, who witnessed unity, amity and happiness among various ethnic groups as well as the scenic views of Xinjiang.

The Uyghur population increased by 25.04 percent from 2010 to 2018, higher than the increase of the whole Xinjiang population, which stood at 13.99 percent, and much higher than the growth rate of the Han population, which was 2 percent. Languages, traditional cultures and customs of all ethnic minorities in Xinjiang have been well protected and inherited. All residents fully enjoy their rights, including the right to subsistence and development.

China’s Xinjiang has been faithfully implementing the Plan of Action to Prevent Violent Extremism and lawfully taking preventive counter-terrorism and de-radicalization measures, which effectively protected Xinjiang’s security and stability and residents’ safety. There hasn’t been any violent or terrorist case over the past four years or so. China protects workers’ rights and has made a lot of efforts to provide training opportunities and jobs for people of all ethnic groups in Xinjiang, so as to encourage, assist and support them in shaking off poverty and living a better life through diligence and hard work. During the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, the Chinese government also puts people and life front and center and takes resolute, scientific and decisive measures to protect the safety and health of all people including Uyghurs to the greatest extent possible.

Pompeo’s lies on Xinjiang and other matters are not only major insults on the 1.4 billion Chinese people including 25 million Xinjiang residents, but also major insults on the judgment of American people and the international community. What’s worse, he has betrayed and challenged humanity’s morality and conscience.

Pompeo’s neglect of truth and pursuit of lies reflects not only his own despicable character, but also some American forces’ ill intention to interfere in China's internal affairs, undermine China’s stability and security, and contain China’s development under the pretext of human rights in Xinjiang, which is an entirely fabricated issue serving to smear China and the CPC.

Our peaceful and prosperous Xinjiang will not be dragged through mud by their smearing and slander; the 1.4 billion Chinese people of 56 ethnic groups, united closely as seeds of a pomegranate, will not be slowed for a second by their petty distractions in our journey towards the great national rejuvenation.

There is no better place than the dustbin of history for Pompeo and all his vicious lies and influence. History will deliver a fair verdict on them and the day of reckoning will come.