Consul General Mme. LU Xu's Presentation
at the “Genocide in Xinjiang?”- A Discovery Zoom Panel (25:35-43:55)
Consul General Mme. LU Xu's Presentation
at the “Genocide in Xinjiang?”- A Discovery Zoom Panel (25:35-43:55)
Mme. Lu Xu assumed the office of the Consul General of the People’s Republic of China in Calgary in September 2017. The Consul Gen. started her diplomatic career in 1991, and has rich diplomatic experience. Previously, she served as Deputy Director General in the Department of Consular Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China, and worked at the Chinese Embassy in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Chinese Consulate General in San Francisco, Chinese Embassies in Czech Republic and Slovak Republic .
Featured here is her speech at an international panel on March 19th 2021, debunking the rampant rumor about Xinjiang.
Thank you very much Prof. Desai for your kind introduction.
Good evening everyone. I am very glad to be with you here tonight.
First of all, I assume that the position of the Chinese government on the motion #56 passed by the Canadian House of Commons has been crystal-clear, so I won’t repeat it here.
What I would like to talk about today is, why the issue has come to this far and how dangerous if the smear fanfare keeps rolling on. We are worried about the people of Chinese heritage living around of world suffering from racism because of the smears. We are worried about that world peace is jeopardized with the escalation of smears and suppression.
If someone insists that Xinjiang is a problem, I'd say it's not so much a problem of how China has handled things, but ramifications of how the Western countries, under the U.S.'s baton, are trying to manipulate the world, with a sour-grape and hostile attitude towards many successes China has achieved.
I have spent half of my thirty-year diplomatic career in western countries. I also stayed for six months as a visiting scholar at Duke University in the United States. I can tell you that the western world used to be a role model for the Chinese. It was once the embodiment of justice, fairness, advancement, mutual respect, etc.
However, in the last decade, I have witnessed some fundamental changes to these concepts and more. The political ground is gradually shifting, by narrow-mindedness, irrationality, and fear, and the public opinion is being clouded by lies and illusions. As I see it, the West is knocking down, by its self, the so called "beacon of the world".
Taking the US as an example. When China and the US are challenged by similar problems, such as the pandemic, social division, ethnic issues, and when the United States has not found a solution, or when the United States has made mistakes in the process, it can not stand China coming up with better and faster solutions. It will always try to prove China is wrong, even evil. In short, China is always wrong and the US is Mr. Always Right, even if the reality is obvious.
Distraction is another usual tactic when people in the western countries become skeptical of the US narrative: spot a problem in China and make a mountain out of the molehill. What they want to achieve is to effectively make the world ignore or forget their own problems and mistakes, and at the same time reinforce their accusations against China.
This explains why the Chinese people feel their country has been negatively targeted and smeared by the West. This is also how China's Xinjiang policy and governance have been distorted as something against humanity. Once tied to human rights, religion, or ethnic issues, a tube of laundry powder can become evidence of a weapon of mass destruction. The same is true with other issues such as Xizang or Tibet , Hong Kong, Taiwan, and the South China Sea. The next target, I believe, will be “Chinese vaccines” which China has kept on donating and sharing with other countries and international organizations while the US sealed tightly its pocket. Let’s wait and see.
We are now living in a "lie-friendly" world. It's harder to debunk a lie than fabricate one and the cost is huge. The Xinjiang related issues fall right into this trap. The Chinese Government could have brushed off these false claims now as people will ultimately see the truth and facts. Nevertheless, we have to put in time and effort to prove our innocence because we don't want the 2003 tragedy occurring to the Iraqi people to repeat itself. History remembers the then-Secretary of State Colin Powell, facing the camera, announced to the world that the United States had found irrefutable evidence of Iraqi's chemical weapons for mass destruction -- a tube of white powder in his hand. Countless innocent Iraqi civilians lost their lives in the war waged by his allegation and the US war machine. Eventually, the white powder is proved to be nothing more than the laundry powder and the allegation of chemical weapons of mass destruction is proved to be a lie of the century.
Xinjiang has become the target of the Western countries to pick on China's human rights, religion, and ethnic policies since 2013 when the Chinese Government implemented its anti-terrorism policy in Xinjiang. Their actions of smear and slandering reached a climax recently.
Between 1999 and 2016, more than a thousand terrorist attacks were launched by extremist, separatist, and terrorist forces in Xinjiang and other Chinese areas, throwing the lives of people in danger. Preventing terrorist attacks from happening thus became a priority demand from the general public and the people of all ethnicity in China.
Here are photos of these attacks.
Many Western countries have also suffered from terrorist attacks. I am comparing here how we tackle the problem differently. Some Western countries tend to spend their effort on arresting, putting terrorists in justice by locking them up, say in Guantanamo jails, or wiping out the criminal hideout in their home country or countries where they are, as in the case of Bin Laden. Those, for our Chinese, are necessary when needed but not sufficient. We call it “treating the symptoms without curing the disease”. Getting rid of Bin Laden alone will not end terrorism, as hundreds of thousands of his minions will "rise and shine". We Chinese believe that, in addition to cracking down on crimes and criminals, an effective way to reduce terrorism is to spend more time and efforts on two other more important things. One is economic development, and poverty elimination. That will put hope in the hearts of the weak and hopeless. The reason is simple: who would trade a good life for jail time?
The second measure is provision of good education for young people. That would empower them to tell the right from the wrong, make them see a better future, and keep them away from extremism and terrorism. These are the fundamentals underlying China's Xinjiang policy. The vocational training centers established in Xinjiang are to free those who committed minor offenses from religious extreme thinking, and to educate them about the rules of law and values and codes of our society, and skills development for entering the job market or business. Once they graduate, they can successfully integrate into the society as law-abiding citizens with better future. The goal is to enable these people to earn a decent and quality life for themselves with their own hands.
China's Xinjiang policy has been proven effective and successful in meeting these challenges. More and more people were saved from religious extremism and violent mindset. The peace and stability in Xinjiang returned quickly. In the past 4 years, Xinjiang has seen not a single terrorist riot or attack. In 2020, when many parts of the world remained locked down because of the pandemic, Xinjiang received 150 million visitors.
In terms of economic development, in 2010, a new round of provincial peer support for Xinjiang was initiated with 19 developed provinces on board to welcome and accommodate Xinjiang residents for job opportunities. By the end of 2020, Xinjiang, like the rest of China, had achieved complete poverty eradication, with more than 3 million people lifted out of poverty.
Unfortunately, our successful poverty elimination and peer support programs have been misrepresented as “forced labor”. Posing an import ban on Xinjiang cotton products in the name of advocating human rights will in the end hurting job opportunities for Xinjiang Uyghurs. Do they really care about people’s well-being, or something else?
Every road leads to Rome in terms of human rights, and the Western way is not the only path. The Chinese Xinjiang policy and its implementation have been proven good and effective. It is a valuable endeavor to explore better strategies regarding counter-terrorism and anti-extremism. Instead of being blamed, not to mention of being distorted, it deserves recognition with big applauds.
In fact, from 2018, more than 1200 international organization leaders and envoys, media professionals, scholars, and representatives of religious groups from over 100 countries visited Xinjiang. They concluded that what they have seen and heard in Xinjiang was completely different from what the Western media reported. Recently, 64 countries voiced their supports to China’s Xinjiang policy at the UN Human Rights Council, including countries with mass population of Muslims.
Without having even visited Xinjiang, governments and politicians in Western countries use lies and biased information to make accusations and attacks against China. It will only serve as a constant reminder of how firm and persistent the imperialist, colonialist, and racist are underlying the western attitude towards China.
Needless to say, when a country built on capital can no longer secure capital accumulation through colonialism, slavery, imperialist wars to occupy and plunder, so as to keep itself at the top of the food chain like it used to be, it will seek to use seemingly legitimate tools, like finance, currency, high tech, and trade, in the disguise of human rights and freedom, to manipulate and subordinate other countries.
Some may heard of the 2/3 theory. It says that if the second largest economy reaches 2/3 of the largest economy in terms of economic scale, the latter will use every tool to stop the second from growing further to replace it. When Japan's economic aggregate reached 2/3 of that of the United States in 80s, the US knocked Japan down with a piece of paper called the Plaza Accord. Think about it. Japan, like Canada, is an ally of the United States with similar values of a liberal capitalism. Some may heard of the book titled "The American Trap", in which a French transportation giant called Alstom was dismantled by the United States as how it does to Chinese Huawei right now. Think again. France, like Canada, is also an ally of the United States, with similar values of liberal capitalism. Does this have anything to do with the differences in political systems, values, and even races? Does this have anything to do with democracy, human rights, and freedom? The answer is absolute no. On the contrary, because of its geographic isolation, the US, when it seeks the rule of hegemony, it often actuates its allies to serve as the cannon fodder. So I’d say it is time for Canada to wake up.
When you understand the essence of the problem, you will realize how self-serving and ridiculous when these people are touting the rhetoric of democracy, human rights, and freedom.
I'll conclude my presentation with a clip of the current Xinjiang. And welcome to Xinjiang after the pandemic is over. Thank you very much for listening.