China Denounces Claims of Uighur Genocide ‘Absurd’

China has maintained that the claims of genocide on the Uighur ethnic minority in Xinjiang region was “just a rumor” and a “lie,” in a press conference on Sunday.

Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi in response to genocide allegations said, “The claim that there is genocide in Xinjiang couldn’t be more preposterous. It is just a rumor fabricated with ulterior motives, and a lie through and through.”

“Over the past four decades and more, the Uyghur population in Xinjiang has more than doubled from 5.55 million to over 12 million. In 60-plus years, Xinjiang’s economy has grown by more than 200 times, and the average life expectancy has increased from 30 to 72 years,” the foreign minister elaborated.

In a press conference held for the Fourth Session of the 13th National People’s Congress, the minister also criticized some western politicians for believing in “lies” instead of listening to Xinjiang residents.

“This only shows that they do not care about the truth. They are only interested in political maneuvering, and creating the so-called Xinjiang issue to undermine security and stability in Xinjiang and hold back China’s development.”

The Chinese government has been accused of committing systemic abuses on the ethnic minority in “re-education camps” amidst evidences of forced labor and women sterilization revealed by foreign media and rights groups.

“We welcome more people from around the world to visit Xinjiang. Seeing is believing. It is the best way to debunk rumors,” held the minister.

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