A nationally developed fleet of automatic cotton picking machines at work in Shaya County, Aksu Region, Northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. Photo: Lin Luwen / GT
China’s Xinjiang regional government on Saturday called the US signing of the so-called Uyghur forced labor prevention law openly interfering in China’s internal affairs in an attempt to contain China. The regional government also said it shows the logic of US intimidation and the revival of a Cold War mentality.
Xinjiang regional government spokesperson Xu Guixiang made the remarks at a press conference in Beijing on Saturday, which came shortly after US President Joe Biden signed a law banning products made in Xinjiang. in China, citing the “oppression” of Uighurs and other minorities.
The National People’s Congress foreign affairs committee also said on Friday that China would take firm and strong countermeasures if the United States insisted on acting arbitrarily.
Xu told the media that the US bill seriously distorts the real situation in Xinjiang. The region has seriously enforced the relevant laws in the region and strictly prohibits all forced labor.
Xinjiang supports the concept of enabling people to lead better lives, and sincerely respects and protects the rights and legitimate interests of the people of all ethnic groups in Xinjiang. Xinjiang firmly opposes any form of ethnic discrimination and strictly prohibits all forms of forced labor, ensuring that people of all ethnic groups work decently, the spokesperson said.
Farmers pick pomegranates in Pishan County in Hotan, northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, October 8, 2020. Photo: Xinhua
The so-called Uighur Forced Labor Prevention Law seriously violated international laws and standards of international relations. Based on the Forced Labor Convention, Xinjiang does not have the âforced laborâ problem. This is a typical âlong-arm jurisdictionâ. Their devil’s claws have stretched too long and gone beyond the law to become a kind of political manipulation and parody, Xu added.
According to Xu, since the end of 2018, the region has received the visit of an official UN delegation, envoys from Africa, Latin America and the Arab States as well as foreign religious organizations, academics and Internet influencers from over 100 countries and regions. They saw the labor situation in Xinjiang with their own eyes and praised the regional labor policy.
The United States is blaming Xinjiang labor affairs on the basis of false information, rumors and lies, using ideological bias, which is unfair and irresponsible, Xu criticized.
In fact, the United States itself has centuries of history of trafficking, abuse and discrimination against slaves, the Xinjiang official pointed out.
Xu told Saturday’s event that after receiving the first batch of slaves from 1619 to 1865, the plantations of the southern hemisphere became the primary place where blacks and other minorities turned to work. strength. In order to ensure a sufficient workforce, even during the prohibition of the international slave trade from 1783 to 1808, American traders still used various means to transport approximately 170,000 slaves to the United States. This figure represented one-third of the total number of slaves imported to North America since 1619.
âYou could say that forced labor is a stain that will never be erased from American history. The United States, which began with the bloody slave trade, is still a country of modern slavery, and the issue of forced labor in the United States cannot be denied, âXu said.
Xu concluded that the so-called American Uighur Bill will not affect the development of Xinjiang, but simply exposes the malicious intent of the United States to use bogus human rights to ensure genuine hegemony.
The United States might as well take care of its national forced labor problems and formulate a law to prevent forced labor of Native Americans, as American history is filled with expulsions, massacres and forced assimilation of the United States. Native American people, who have become an “endangered ethnicity,” Xu noted, while urging the United States to think about its own problems.