Ambassador Huang: The essence of the Xinjiang issue is combating terrorism and separatism

On December 16, 2019, the Chinese Embassy in the Philippines hosted a reception at the Grand Hyatt Manila Hotel to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Macau's return to the Motherland. A photo exhibition was held outside the venue of the event.


Responding to a question asked by the Philippine reporter regarding Xinjiang, Ambassador Huang said that China totally agrees that human rights should be upheld and that it must ensure that people can live in a safe social environment. Without prevailing peace, basic human rights to life, health and development cannot be guaranteed. We have seen that drug abuse endangered the lives of people in the Philippines. Similarly, the terrorism and extremism hurt the people in Xinjiang badly. Just a few years ago, violent terrorist attacks occurred frequently in Xinjiang, causing death and injury to many innocent people.


Ambassador Huang expresssed that anyone who has any doubt about why Xinjiang needs to fight against terrorism and extremism should watch the CGTN documentaries, then they will find the answer there. The two CGTN documentaries have helped to clear the facts about the situation in Xinjiang, after the U.S. Congress passed the so called "The Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act of 2019," attempting to interfere with China's internal affairs. In addition to giving the international community an account of the situation in Xinjiang, the documentaries also exposed the double standards of some Western media organizations and politicians. It comes as no surprise that mainstream media and politicians in Western countries have gone silent and chosen to ignore the facts listed in the two short films.


Ambassador Huang emphasized that Xinjiang's issues are by no means a matter of ethnicity, religion or human rights. They are in essence a matter of fighting terrorism and separatism. The attempts by western politicians to smear and discredit Xinjiang's anti-terrorism and de-radicalization efforts will only send the wrong signal on terrorism and backfire.

Now safety and security has returned to Xinjiang and the fundamental human rights of people of all ethnic groups there are safeguarded. Xinjiang's preventive counter-terrorism and de-radicalization measures so far have proven effective in protecting the human rights of the 25 million people in the region.


Finally, Ambassador Huang said to see is to believe. China are willing to invite more foreign friends, including Philippine friends, to visit Xinjiang. He hopes more people can see with their own eyes the tireless efforts of the Chinese government to make Xinjiang a land of peace, harmony, stability and development. At the same time, China would like to continue to strengthen the cooperation of counter-terrorism with the Philippines in such fields as intelligence exchanges, law enforcement and etc. Ambassador Huang believes that with the joint efforts of all countries, the world's tomorrow could be much brighter than today.

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