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Embassy Spokesperson's letter to The Economist on its unjustified comments on Xinjiang
2018/06/29

Ms. Zeng Rong, Spokesperson of the Chinese Embassy in the UK, recently wrote a letter to The Economist about the latter's unjustified comments on security measures in Xinjiang and China's policy on ethnic minorities. The Economist published the letter on 29 June 2018, the full text of which is as follows:

Despite what you say, the Chinese government attaches great importance to the stability and development of Xinjiang ("Apartheid with Chinese characteristics", June 2nd). The economic, social and security measures that have been implemented in the region are based in law and aimed at ensuring stability, harmony and economic prosperity. These measures have been effective in safeguarding the safety of life and property of people from all ethnic groups in Xinjiang and enjoy extensive public support.

Xinjiang's development has been notable in recent years. Its gross economic output increased from 753bn yuan ($119bn) in 2012 to 1,092bn yuan in 2017. Disposable income per head during the same period grew by 10% on average each year. The local government has allocated 70% of the public budget to improving lives, and has successfully resolved a large number of difficult issues that matter to people's everyday lives.

Local ethnic culture and the freedom of religious belief are fully protected. Your mention of the "control" of religious belief in Xinjiang and description of "apartheid with Chinese characteristics" are totally unfounded. Xinjiang has been battling separatism, terrorism and religious extremism, the latter of which is a distortion of and disrespect for religion and undermines public security. The local government has taken measures to prevent and combat religious extremism and protect normal religious activities. These measures are lawful and have curbed the spread of extremism. They are a positive contribution to international deradicalisation and counter-terrorism efforts.

ZENG RONG

Spokesperson of the Chinese embassy

London

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