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Human rights being weaponized by the West: China Daily editorial

chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2021-06-22 19:48
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A Uygur family in Yuli county, Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, April 15, 2021. [Photo/Xinhua]

At the opening of the 47th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council on Monday, the allegation of genocide in China's Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region was raised once again. With Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States planning to lead an "international alliance" of more than 20 countries to make a joint statement on Xinjiang.

Why do the three countries turn a blind eye to the fact that Xinjiang is where China has set a good example of cracking down on the forces of terrorism, extremism and separatism?

It is not surprising that they do so because politicians in these countries are paranoid about China's rise. They feel that they must find fault with China and smear the country with any ugly things they can. It is obvious that those separatists who always harbor the intention to split Xinjiang from China, and even elements of the Eastern Turkestan Islamic Movement terrorist organization meet their needs.

They spare no efforts to speak ill of China. They have no sense of shame in telling lies about what the Chinese government has done in Xinjiang. For them, the ends can always justify the means. They believe the lies they're told whose purpose is to split Xinjiang from China because it serves their own purpose, which is to contain China by isolating it from the international community.

In the same way, those Western politicians have taken those lies because they are just what they need to attack China's human rights conditions.

They never hesitate or think twice about whether the voices they listen to on Xinjiang are separatists or even extremist elements are telling lies, which speaks volumes about their eagerness to smear China. It also suggests how deep-rooted their political bias is against this country.

The US told lies when the US government wanted to invade Iraq and turned a blind eye to the worsening situation in Afghanistan when it wanted to withdraw its troops from that country. But few Western politicians speak critically about what the US and its allies have done to Iraq and Afghanistan.

China's crackdown on terrorism, extremism and separatism has brought social stability and economic prosperity to people of all ethnic groups in Xinjiang.

Likewise, the national security law introduced in Hong Kong — which Michelle Bachelet, UN high commissioner for human rights, claimed had caused a "chilling impact" on the civic and democratic space in the special administrative region — has restored social order in Hong Kong. Yet Western politicians and media point an accusing finger at China citing Xinjiang and Hong Kong as examples of human rights abuses by China.

It should not be difficult to tell what they expect of this country.

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