BEIJING, October 16 — The Uyghur population has grown from 5.55 million to more than 13 million in Xinjiang Autonomous Region over the past forty years, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said on Friday .
‘Since you inquired about the situation in Xinjiang, I have more information available to share with you. “In the last 40 years, the Uyghur population in Xinjiang has more than doubled from 5.55 million to more than 13 million,” he said, responding to a question during his regular briefing.
He reported that the gross domestic product (GDP) in Xinjiang grew at an average annual rate of 7.2% from 2014 to 2019, the per capita disposable income of Xinjiang residents at an average annual rate of 9.1 % and the prevalence of poverty decreased from 19.4% to 1.24%.
During the recent general debate of the Third Committee of the General Assembly, Zhao said that 48 countries had issued a joint declaration to steadfastly support China’s counter-terrorism and de-radicalization measures in Xinjiang and the politicization of human rights issues and the practice of dual policy. oppose standards.
He said that the cause of human rights in Xinjiang in fact continues to evolve and advance and that people of all ethnic groups enjoy full basic rights, such as the rights to survival and development, and so on.
The spokesman said the so-called ‘persecution’ of Muslims and ‘crimes against humanity’ in Xinjiang are being deliberately incited by some anti-China forces to smear, attack and oppress China. China is the last one to bear the pen of ‘crimes against humanity’.
Describing Xinjiang affairs as China’s purely internal affairs would not, he said, attempt to interfere in China’s domestic affairs through Xinjiang – related issues.
“We have said many times that issues related to Xinjiang are never about human rights, ethnicity or religion, but about combating violent terrorism and secession,” he added.
Zhao said that the preventive measures against terrorism and de-radicalization taken in Xinjiang had effectively curtailed the regular occurrence of terrorist activities, thus guaranteeing the life security of people of all ethnic groups and that greater progress had been made in the local economy and standard of living. . This is to protect the basic human rights of people of all ethnic groups in Xinjiang to the greatest extent.
He hoped that the party concerned would respect facts, tell right and wrong and deal with Xinjiang-related issues objectively and impartially.
‘We always welcome objective and fair foreigners, including all of you, to visit Xinjiang and see for yourself.
You can then present a real Xinjiang to the international community, ‘he added.