“Leave Them To Wear the Hat of Genocide”: Beijing Denies Uyghur Genocide


Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Zhao Lijian, has denied the genocide of Uyghur Muslims in the Xinjiang region of China, stating that the accusations are “completely false” and a “lie concocted by some anti-China forces”. 

Lijian’s rebuttal came in response to accusations made against China at the 46th meeting of the Human Rights Council where many western nations slammed the CCP for the ongoing genocide of Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang. At a press conference on the 25th of February, Lijian stated that US allegations of genocide were “spoofing rumours” and that the so-called “hat of genocide” was America’s to keep. Lijian noted:

“Anyone who knows American history should know that the United States, through the Westward Expansion, expelled and killed American Indians. The Indian population plummeted from five million in 1492 to 250,000 at the beginning of the 20th century, a decrease of 95 percent”.

Beijing has been subject to harsh criticism from the west in recent months after evidence emerged of the genocide of the Uyghur Muslim population in the Xinjiang region of China. A recent report, released by the Newlines Institute for Strategy and Policy, concluded that China is guilty of “an ongoing genocide against the Uyghurs”. As noted by Hugo Hythloday writing for lotuseaters.com, the report drew evidence from Xi Jinping’s so-called “People’s War on Terror'' which contained official orders to “round up everyone who should be rounded up ... wip[ing] them out completely”. The report also noted a slew of “government-mandated homestays”, “mass birth-prevention strategies'' and “the eradication of Uyghur identity, community, and domestic life”.

On the 7th of March, Chinese state councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said that the “claim [of a] genocide in Xinjiang could not be more preposterous”, calling it “a rumour fabricated with ulterior motives and a thorough lie”. As reported by Chinese state media, Zhao Lijian has maintained that in the last 60 years “the average life expectancy in Xinjiang has increased from 30 to 72 years” and the “Uyghur population in Xinjiang has more than doubled from 2010 to 2018 alone”. According to the Foreign Ministry spokesperson, this has resulted in a population increase of 25%, a figure “more than 12 times” higher than “the rate of increase [in] the Han population”. As reported by RT, China has stated that “the door to Xinjiang is wide open to the world but cautions that any visiting delegation shouldn't be an investigation task force with the presumption of guilt”.

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