By Vera Anyagafu
China Consul General in Lagos, Mr.Chu Maoming has said that the vicious attack on China by US, will not prevent China from making progress as the education and training efforts in China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region are a righteous and innovative measure taken by authorities to eradicate the root causes of terrorism and religious extremism as well as to stop violent terrorist activities from happening in China.
Mr.Chu Maoming who seem embittered that such good efforts are demonized and attacked by the United States government,
Stated this in a four-page statement to newsmen in Lagos.
He frowned at the action of US House of Representatives which passed the so-called Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act of 2019, which bill deliberately smears the human rights condition in Xinjiang, slanders China’s efforts in de-radicalization and counter-terrorism and viciously attacks the Chinese government’s Xinjiang policy
“It seriously violates international law and basic norms governing international relations, and grossly interferes in China’s internal affairs.
For quite some time, terrorism and religious extremism plagued swaths of Xinjiang, victimizing innocent civilians and police and endangering social stability and ethnic unity. Drawing experience from other countries, implementing the United Nations’ 2015 ‘Plan of Action to Prevent Violent Extremism’, which calls on countries worldwide to broaden their responses, engage earlier and address the drivers of violent extremism such as poverty, lack of socio-economic opportunities, as well as distortion and misuse of beliefs”, he stated.
Putting the local conditions into consideration, the Government of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region set up vocational education and training centers to help sensitize and discourage many from joining terrorist forces as well as to get rid of extremist ideologies, through courses including national language, law, vocational skills and de-radicalizatio, Maoming also stated.
He also said that such efforts are fully in line with the basic principles clearly defined in the international conventions and initiatives, and have contributed to the global actions against terrorism and extremism, which in very clear sense, demonstrated China’s firm commitment in fight against terrorism.
“The measure has also been practiced in line with the spirit and requirements of the rule of law in China. It tackles both the symptoms and root causes of terrorism and extremism while fully respecting and protecting human rights in line with law and international practice. Far from being what some US politicians or media outlets called ‘concentration camps’, the training and education centers serve as a fresh starting point for trainees to emancipate their minds, acquire professional skills and improve their future prospects”,
“Vocational education has proved an effective tool in fighting terrorism and extremism. No terrorist incidents have occurred in Xinjiang for three years. Local people have gained a stronger sense of security and happiness. And the region has attracted a soaring number of tourists, with nearly 200 million in the first 10 months of 2019, up 43 percent year on year,
“As for the human rights situation in Xinjiang, the central Government of China has always attached great importance to boosting the region’s stability and development, and improving the well-being of the 25 million people living there. Over the past 64 years since the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region was established, its economy has been developing by leaps and bounds, and millions of local people have been lifted out of poverty, despite the US relentless smear campaign”, Maoming had said.
To this light, he applauded Xinjiang’s human rights record which won growing global recognition, saying that since the end of last year, dozens of groups of foreign envoys, UN officials and representatives of international organizations, media outlets and religious groups have visited Xinjiang, and the comprehensive measures taken by the regional government of Xinjiang and the tangible results in combating terrorism and extremism have gained extensive appreciation and support.