Liu Yuejin, director of the National Counter Terrorism office, answers a reporters question on the 2019 Uyghur human rights policy bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives

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 Liu Yuejin, director of the National Counter Terrorism office, answers a reporters question on the 2019 Uyghur human rights policy bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives


A: the U.S. House of Representatives passed the 2019 Uyghur human rights policy bill, disregarding the facts, distorting and fabricating, making nothing out of nothing, making wanton slander and unjustified accusations against the Chinese governments policies on territory, anti-terrorism and stability maintenance measures and the human rights situation in Xinjiang, fully exposing the double standards of the U.S. side on anti-terrorism issues and the purpose of roughly interfering in Chinas internal affairs under the banner of human rights. We He expressed strong indignation and resolute opposition to this.

From the 1990s to the beginning of this century, terrorist attacks occurred frequently in China, especially in Xinjiang, which greatly endangered the safety of life and property of people of all ethnic groups and seriously trampled on the basic dignity of human beings. In the face of the real threat, the Chinese government resolutely took measures to carry out the anti-terrorism and de extreme struggle in accordance with the law, effectively curbed the frequent occurrence of terrorist activities, guaranteed the peoples rights to survival, development and other basic human rights, gained the general support of Xinjiang people of all ethnic groups and the positive evaluation of the international community, and made positive efforts and contributions to the cause of international anti-terrorism. At present, there have been no violent terrorist cases in Xinjiang for three consecutive years. The society is harmonious and stable, the economy is developing continuously, peoples livelihood is improving constantly, the culture is flourishing unprecedentedly, the religion is harmonious and harmonious, and the sense of happiness and security of the people of all ethnic groups is greatly improved.

The Chinese government has always adhered to the thinking of the rule of law, used the rule of law to fight against terrorism, combined the fight against terrorism and the protection of human rights in accordance with the law, opposed to linking terrorism and extremism with specific countries, nationalities and religions, opposed to adopting double standards on the issue of counter-terrorism, and advocated comprehensive measures, root causes and root causes, which not only severely cracked down on terrorist activities, but also committed to To eliminate the conditions for the growth and spread of terrorism, we should strengthen practical international cooperation in counter-terrorism on the basis of mutual respect and equal consultation. At present, the challenges brought by terrorism and extremism are still severe. There is a long way to go to fight against terrorism and extremism. Only by abandoning the double standards, enhancing political mutual trust, building strategic consensus and promoting cooperation and exchange, can we effectively contain and combat terrorism and extremism and maintain world peace and tranquility.

Q: in the Uyghur human rights policy act 2019 passed by the house of representatives of the United States Congress, the Chinese government has repeatedly criticized the implementation of suppression and violation of human rights of ethnic minorities in Xinjiang through counter-terrorism issues. What do you think?

A: for a period of time, the East Turkistan forces at home and abroad planned, organized and carried out separatist activities and violent terrorist activities in Xinjiang and other places in China. They created thousands of violent terrorist events, causing a large number of innocent people to be killed, hundreds of public security police to be killed, causing incalculable property losses, seriously endangering the security and stability of our country, and endangering the lives and property of people of all ethnic groups. In order to protect the common interests of the people of all ethnic groups in China and maintain the harmony and stability of Xinjiang and its surrounding areas, the Chinese government has always been determined to crack down on violent terrorist activities in accordance with the law. After more than five years of special action to crack down on violent terrorist activities, the frequent trend of terrorist activities has been effectively curbed, which is conducive to maintaining the social stability of Xinjiang and the safety of life and property of the people of all ethnic groups To 25 million people of all ethnic groups in Xinjiang to support, but also for the cause of international counter-terrorism has made an important contribution.

China is a country under the rule of law. In the process of fighting against violent terrorist activities, China always adheres to the fact as the basis and the law as the criterion, and strictly complies with the relevant provisions of the constitution of the peoples Republic of China, the criminal law of the peoples Republic of China, the criminal procedure law of the peoples Republic of China and the anti-terrorism law of the peoples Republic of China, so as to combine the fight against violent terrorist crimes with the protection of human rights We should not only crack down on a small number of serious violent terrorist crimes in accordance with the law, severely punish a small number of key terrorists and criminals of terrorist activities, and maximize the protection of citizens basic human rights from terrorism and extremism; we should also attach great importance to the governance of the source, and through assistance and education, we should unite and educate the vast majority of people who have committed minor crimes to save them To avoid it becoming a victim of terrorism and extremism, there is no violation of human rights of ethnic minorities as the US side calls it.

Q: since last year, the United States has continuously criticized Xinjiang for carrying out vocational and technical education and training. Whats your comment on this?

A: the vocational skill education and training center in Xinjiang is a school oriented institution aiming at helping employment and eliminating extremes. In August this year, the Information Office of the State Council of the peoples Republic of China issued a white paper on vocational skill education and training in Xinjiang, which gave a comprehensive and systematic introduction to the situation of the center and responded to the accusations of some people with ulterior motives.

Here I would like to emphasize that combating terrorism and de radicalization are not only world problems, but also world problems. On the basis of widely learning from foreign anti-terrorism experience, China adheres to the combination of strike and prevention and implements de extreme measures. Xinjiangs legal vocational and technical education and training is Chinas active attempt and exploration in anti-terrorism and de extremism, as well as its response to and implementation of the resolution of the UN global counter terrorism strategy and the UN action plan for the prevention of violent extremism. Since the end of 2018, more than 70 groups and 1000 people from 91 countries and regions, including senior UN officials, foreign envoys to China, international organizations, permanent missions of some countries to Geneva, overseas media and religious organizations, have visited Xinjiang. Through field visits, many people understood the urgency, necessity, legality and rationality of Xinjiangs education and training work. They have expressed that the violent terrorist activities in Xinjiang are inhuman and outrageous. The training work has saved those students who are under the control of terrorism and religious extremism. The training work in Xinjiang has made an important contribution to the international communitys fight against terrorism and de extremism, accumulated valuable experience, and has great reference value. The US sides misrepresentation of Vocational and technical education and training centers is nothing more than taking religion and human rights as a cover to interfere in Chinas internal affairs and curb Chinas development.

Q: terrorism is the common enemy of human society. Please brief us on Chinas international cooperation in counter-terrorism.

A: while making its own efforts to combat terrorism, China has always insisted on abiding by the purposes and principles of the UN Charter and the basic norms of international relations, supported a series of anti-terrorism resolutions adopted by the UN Security Council, ratified and acceded to 12 global anti-terrorism conventions, and actively participated in Interpol, Shanghai Cooperation organization, ASEAN Regional Forum, etc The border cooperation mechanism has carried out effective cooperation with relevant countries through bilateral channels.

In recent years, under the instigation of the East Turkistan terrorist organizations such as the East Iraq movement, the illegal exit of people from China to participate in terrorist activities is prominent, which seriously affects the security and stability of countries and regions. In order to combat such crimes, Chinas law enforcement authorities have increased their cooperation with relevant countries in law enforcement, strictly carried out international law enforcement cooperation in accordance with the law, submitted evidence of illegal crimes, and carried out repatriation in an orderly manner. The judicial organs always adhere to the fact as the basis and the law as the criterion for the illegal exit personnel repatriated to the country, take legal measures for the illegal and criminal acts in strict accordance with the relevant laws and regulations of China, and deal with them according to different situations. These efforts have effectively maintained the security and stability of China and the region.