Chinese FM: China welcomes UN human rights chief to visit Xinjiang
Updated 17:41, 20-Feb-2022
By Huang Yue

China has long expressed a welcome to United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet to visit the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Saturday. 

"It's never a problem for Ms Michelle Bachelet to visit China, including Xinjiang," Wang said in a reply to a question raised by Munich Security Conference (MSC) Chairman Wolfgang Ischinger, while attending the 58th edition of the event via a video link. 

"We are now discussing with Ms Bachelet and her office and hope to work out thoughtful and detailed arrangements for her visit as soon as possible," the Chinese foreign minister added. 

Wang also refuted allegations of forced labor and "re-education camps" in Xinjiang, adding that Xinjiang's vocational education and training centers aim for deradicalization and have achieved remarkable results. 

"Xinjiang hasn't seen any terrorist attacks in nearly five years. People of all ethnic groups are now living in a stable and peaceful environment there. The economy and society of the region are also seeing rapid development," Wang said, "Isn't all this a good thing? Isn't it China's contribution to the international counter-terrorism?" 

The diplomat said China welcomes foreigners to visit Xinjiang and learn the truth of the matter, but rejects investigations based on the presumption of guilt. 

"We will respect Ms Bachelet's wishes when she visits Xinjiang, and we believe she will also respect China's sovereignty and laws," Wang said.

(Cover: File photo of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet. /CFP)

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