China on Wednesday refuted U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's recent remarks regarding Xinjiang, noting it is full of political prejudice and lies, which once again exposed certain U.S. official's double standard on the issue of anti-terrorism and de-radicalization.
There are no ethnic, religious or human rights issues in Xinjiang, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said on Wednesday during a regular briefing, adding that since the strict crackdown on violent and terrorist crimes in Xinjing, the region has not seen a single violent terrorist attack in three consecutive years.
Geng stressed that the Chinese government protects the freedom of religious belief of Chinese citizens in accordance with law, including the Uygur ethnic group and other minorities.
While the groundless accusation made by some U.S. politicians, according to Geng, revealed their lack of courage and conscience to acknowledge the truth in Xinjiang.
Xinjiang affairs are purely China's internal affairs and brook no interference from any country, the spokesperson reiterated.
Geng noted that the Chinese government has always welcomed foreign visitors and has also organized for foreign diplomatic missions and foreign journalists to visit vocational education and training centers in Xinjiang as a way to dispel suspicions.
According to Geng, those who have paid the visit have reached a unanimous consensus that what they saw and heard was totally different from what was reported by Western media as Xinjiang is not only beautiful but also quite safe.
Geng said that China will stay committed to its Xinjiang policy and guarantee the region's sound and stable development. "The most powerful response to certain media and individuals is Xinjiang's lasting prosperity, stability, ethnic solidarity and social harmony," he added.