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Dialogue with Media about China's Xinjiang
----Consul General LU Xu virtually talked with CTV Calgary

On Mar. 3, 2021, Chinese Consul General in Calgary Mme. LU Xu launched a dialogue with CTV Calgary online on Xinjiang- related issues.

Mme. LU kicked off the dialogue by showcasing how breathtaking the beauty of Xinjiang is with slides of pictures.


Here is what she said in her opening remarks:

I guess what you saw today must be very different from what you had before. I won't argue here how far most of the western media have gone from the reality of Xinjiang, I would rather address why, and also why it won't work to stop China from doing what it thinks right.

In my whole diplomatic career, I have travelled a lot out of China. I saw different countries with different histories and cultures. I have been posted in the US, the UK, Czechoslovakia, and Canada. All these years' experience and knowledge changed my view.

In order to draw a right conclusion, we have to collect as much information as possible from different resources and put them together to review comprehensively. I found out sadly it is not the case while it should have been when most of the western media make reports about China.

In the era of the internet and social media, it is not so difficult to get information about China from different resources, but unfortunately, they are not willing to take time to search and review other resources including those from China. The principle of listening to the voices from both sides to make a fair and independent decision or judgment or trying to be balanced should have applied to the media when they exercise their freedom of speech as an independent and fair power.

Respect and understanding are preconditions for us to treat each other and build relationships upon. There are thousands of constructive ways to help the other to improve rather than labelling him with the appalling term based on conclusions coming from nowhere.

Before talking about Xinjiang human rights protection, Mme. LU showed video clips and pictures about the terrorist attacks happened in Xinjiang and other Chinese cities.

Mme. LU explained, saving lives from terrorist attacks since then became the top priority of human rights protection of the Chinese Government. The subsequent measures taken in Xinjiang are no more and no less than what Paris and London had taken after the terrorist attacks occurred there and were in line with the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy passed in 2006.

From 2010 to 2018, the population of the Uyghurs in Xinjiang rose from 10.17 million to 12.75 million, an increase of 25%, which is higher than the 14% increase of the whole Xinjiang population and much higher than the increase of the Han population, which stood at 2%.

Over the past 60 years and more, the average life expectancy of people in Xinjiang has grown from 30 to 72 years, and the GDP has grown 200 times. At the end of 2019, 3 million residents in Xinjiang stepped out of poverty.

When people think about the above-mentioned figures, they will hardly draw a conclusion linked with "genocide".

About the so-called " detention camps", Mme. LU said, poverty nurtures extremism. To get out of poverty, people have to have some working skills and the ability to find a job. These are the main purposes of the Xinjiang educational centers. Better education is the most efficient and peaceful way to save those brainwashed from further obsessed with extremist ideology and violent mindset.

About the so-called "forced labor", Mme. LU said, the Chinese Government does not have to "force" them to work. In the fastest-growing economy, if somebody doesn't work, he or she will be left behind. If he or she doesn't have a single skill, he or she will be challenged to get a job and a better and decent life. With such public awareness, why would the Government risk its governance and reputation in front of Chinese public and the rest of the world for things like "forced labor"?

About the so-called "mistreatment towards the Uyghur women", Mme. LU said, the family planning policy has been carried out nationwide for several decades. When Han people in big cities could only have one child, the ethnic minorities, including Uyghurs, enjoyed a complete exemption where they could have as many children as they want. It remains the same now when Han people can have two according to the renewed family planning policy. In Western countries, people are reluctant to have kids once the economy is advanced to a certain extent. They even choose not to get married. Similar trends are also seen in China. In Xinjiang, women's status has been greatly improved in recent years. They are absolutely free to make decisions on bearing children. In order to keep the body curve, more and more women, including Uyghur women, choose cesarean section while giving birth.

About the Parliament motion of "boycotting Beijing Winter Olympic Games", Mme. LU said, boycotting the Olympics simply because of different political views is opening a Pandora's box where anybody can boycott anything in this world according to this logic.

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