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U.S. interference in Xinjiang affairs exposes its double standards: Ugandan official

KAMPALA, Feb. 12 (Xinhua) -- The United States' continued attempts to intervene in Xinjiang affairs is a display of double standards, especially after its accusation of Russia meddling in its internal issues, a Ugandan government spokesperson has said.

"It's absurd that the U.S., just coming out of a protracted dispute over whether Russia interfered in its internal politics, should at the same time seek to meddle in China's internal issues," Ofwono Opondo told Xinhua in a recent interview.

Opondo's comments came after continuous allegations by U.S. politicians saying that China is undermining human rights in Xinjiang, especially against the Uygur ethnic group.

There is no reason to believe that the Chinese government, which has lifted hundreds of millions of its people out of poverty over the past 40-plus years, "would seek instead to enslave its own citizens," he said.

The U.S. politicians, with their hegemonic mindset, want to interfere in China's domestic affairs in a bid to curtail China's fast economic, technological growth and influence in international affairs, the spokesperson said.

China has a good track record of sharing its prosperity with other countries, Opondo said.

"It's futile to smear China before the world so that other countries avoid dealing with China, including receiving China's support to develop their own economies," he added. Enditem