China urges US to stop interfering other countries' domestic affairs
December 31,2019   By:MFA

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Geng Shuang's Regular Press Conference on December 30, 2019

Q: US Secretary of State Pompeo tweeted on December 29 that from Tibet to Xinjiang, the Chinese Communist Party's repressive campaigns are not about combating terrorism but attempting to erase citizens' faiths and cultures. The US State Department tweeted something similar on the same day. I wonder if you could comment on their tweets?
A: What the US said is pure rumor and slander. It is completely inconsistent with the facts and ill-intentioned. We are firmly opposed to that.
Xinjiang is enjoying sustained economic development, social stability, better living standards, unprecedented cultural vivacity and a harmonious coexistence of religions. Uyghur population in Xinjiang has reached 11.65 million or 46.8 percent of the total. There are over 24,000 mosques in Xinjiang, which means there is a mosque for every 530 Muslims on average.
In the past 60 years or so after its peaceful liberation, Tibet has enjoyed economic vitality, social harmony and stability. Its culture and tradition have be protected and promoted. The Tibetan language was China's first minority written language with international standard. There are more than 1,700 sites for religious activities in Tibet, and over 46,000 resident monks and nuns. Millions of pilgrimages to Lhasa are made every year.
By repeatedly telling lies, the US will only find itself in mounting deficit in morality, credibility and reputation. Political stability, economic growth, ethnic solidarity and social harmony in Xinjiang and Tibet are our best response to slanders from the US side.
By the way, I just saw some data jointly published by the Associated Press, USA TODAY and Northeastern University of the United States. In 2019 there were 41 mass killings in the US, defined as when four or more people are killed. Of those, 33 were mass shootings. More than 211 lives were lost, the highest since the 1970s. Throughout the year 2019, gun-related cases took 14,800 lives. Frequent violent crimes, including shootings on campus and in public places, have long been shadowing Americans with fear of gun violence.
We urge the US to put its own house in order and fix its deep-seated problems first, at least ensuring the "freedom from fear" for its people, rather than arbitrarily stretch its arms into other countries' domestic affairs. A word of advice to the US: If you stretch your arms too much, you might end up hurting your back.
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