China on Thursday rejected a report by the UN human rights office over Xinjiang, reiterating that its issuance has been opposed by nearly a hundred countries, and is not the mainstream view of the international community.
The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), disregarding China's solemn representation, released the so-called "assessment" on Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region on Wednesday.
In response, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin told a daily press briefing that the report was purely plotted by the United States and some other anti-China forces in the West.
"It's totally illegal and invalid," said Wang. "The report is a hodgepodge of misinformation, a political tool used by the West to push its strategy of 'using Xinjiang to contain China.'"
More than 60 countries sent a joint letter to the OHCHR to make it clear that they opposed the release of this false report, Wang said, adding that nearly 100 non-governmental organizations have done the same.
Nearly 100 countries, including Muslim countries, have continuously spoken up at the Human Rights Council and the Third Committee of the UN General Assembly to support China's legitimate position on Xinjiang and oppose interference in China's internal affairs under the pretext of Xinjiang-related issues, he said.
"This is the mainstream of the international community," Wang said, adding that the West's unpopular political attempts on Xinjiang were doomed to fail.
'The lie of the century' exposed
Wang said the OHCHR, by compiling the report based on political attempts of some anti-China forces outside China, seriously violates its own responsibilities, and gravely breaks the principles of universality, impartiality, objectivity, non-selectivity and non-politicization.
"It has been proved again that the OHCHR has completely reduced itself into a hitman and accomplice of the U.S. and the West at large to punish the vast developing countries," said the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson.
The report, though as illegal and incredible as it is, has stopped short of pushing such fallacies as genocide, forced labor, religious repression and forced sterilization, Wang continued.
"So it can be seen that 'the lie of the century' made by the U.S. and the West has been exposed."
Realities in Xinjiang
Regarding the human rights in Xinjiang, Wang said no one has a better say than the people of all ethnic groups in Xinjiang.
He pointed out that Xinjiang's residents of different ethnic groups and of different religious beliefs, occupations, those who have graduated from vocational education and training centers and others, have all voluntarily written to the High Commissioner to tell the realities of Xinjiang from their own experiences.
In recent years, Xinjiang has achieved economic development, social harmony and stability, continuous improvement in people's livelihood, and religious harmony, the spokesperson noted.
International friends who have been to Xinjiang said that what they saw with their own eyes was completely different from what the Western media reported and what the anti-China forces portrayed, Wang said.
Graphics: Data reveals lies hidden in so-called Xinjiang reports
Graphics: Demographic changes in Xinjiang over the years
Real human rights violations committed by U.S. and West
What the OHCHR should really be concerned about is the genocide and cultural extermination of the indigenous by the U.S. and some other Western forces, Wang said.
China urges the OHCHR to pay more attention to human rights violations committed by them, such as systematic racial discrimination against minorities, gun violence causing civilian deaths and injuries, torture and abuse in illegal jails overseas, overseas military operations and indiscriminate killing of civilians, Wang said.
The OHCHR should publish reports on these issues and be responsible for the international community and the victims, he added.
According to historical records and media reports, since its founding, the U.S. has systematically deprived native Indians of their rights to life and basic political, economic, and cultural rights through killings, displacements, and forced assimilation, in an attempt to physically and culturally eradicate this group. Even today, native Indians still face a serious existential crisis, according to The American Genocide of the Indians - Historical Facts and Real Evidence, a report released by China in March.
China firmly opposes UN's so-called 'assessment' on Xinjiang
(Cover: File photo of Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin. /Chinese Foreign Ministry)