‘Bachelet is welcome to visit Xinjiang’

BEIJING (Reuters) – China is hosting UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet for a visit to the country, including a visit to Xinjiang, China’s State Councilor and Minister of Foreign Affairs said on Saturday. foreign Wang Yi.

WELCOME VISITOR This photo posted on the United Nations human rights organization’s Twitter account on Friday, February 18, 2022 shows Dubai’s Sheikha Latifa (left) posing for a photo with UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet in Paris recently. AFP PHOTO

Wang attended the 58th Munich Security Conference via video link and made the remarks in response to questions about China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.

Wang said China has long welcomed Bachelet and discussed with Bachelet and his calendar office, and Bachelet will see a Xinjiang, where peace and stability are maintained and people of all ethnic groups live in harmony. during his visit.

Noting that Xinjiang is adjacent to an area where terrorist and extremist forces are concentrated, Wang said the local government of Xinjiang, in order to maintain people’s safety, has carried out de-radicalization work through education, in accordance with the practices of countries including Great Britain. and France and international practices. Such work has fundamentally eliminated the breeding ground for extremism and won the support of Xinjiang people, Wang said, adding that over the past five years, there have been no violent terrorist incidents in the city. region.

The so-called “forced labor” or systematic “re-education camps” are all lies and fabrications, Wang said. China invites foreigners to visit Xinjiang to learn the truth about the matter, Wang said, noting that before the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, Xinjiang had received more than 2,000 government officials, religious figures and journalists from more than 100 countries and international organizations. . “But one thing is certain, people of all ethnic groups in Xinjiang do not accept any investigation based on the presumption of guilt, and they firmly oppose all kinds of prejudice and groundless accusations against the ethnic policies of the China,” Wang said.

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