|Chinese FM Spokesperson's Remarks on the Recent Visit to Xinjiang by Diplomatic Envoys of Arab States in China|
At a regular press conference of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China on October 26, Spokesperson Zhao Lijian answered a question about the recent visit to Xinjiang by diplomatic envoys of Arab states in China.
Journalist: Diplomatic envoys of Arab states in China just concluded their visit to Xinjiang. Could you give us more information?
Zhao Lijian: From October 19 to 22, diplomatic envoys posted in China from 20 Arab states and the AU visited Xinjiang. Shohrat Zakir, chairman of Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, met with the delegation. The delegation visited local enterprises, schools, poverty alleviation projects and grass-roots communities. They were invited to the households to talk face-to-face with villagers, gaining a deep understanding of the situation in Xinjiang in such aspects as social stability, ethnic equality and unity, improvement of people's livelihood and economic development. The delegation also went to Islamic institutes and mosques to learn about the situation on protection of freedom of religious belief. They spoke positively of Xinjiang's achievements in the economic, social and human rights development. Some envoys pointed out that what's been said about human rights in China and Xinjiang by some external parties are nothing but baseless lies. They said that Xinjiang's experience in combating terrorism and radicalization is worth learning from and they stand ready to contribute to strengthening practical cooperation between Arab states and Xinjiang.
Seeing is believing. Justice resides in people's hearts. Xinjiang's achievements in economic and social development and poverty alleviation are there for all to see. National unity and harmony and human rights progress are there for all to see. The effects of its counter-terrorism and deradicalization efforts are there for all to see. The Chinese side welcomes friends from all countries, including Arab and Islamic states, to visit Xinjiang and tell the world faithfully what a fantastic place it is.