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KABUL: The government of China has strongly rejected U.S. claim that Beijing has put over one million Uyghur Muslims in “detention camps”.

“The U.S. diplomatic authorities, led by several anti-China politicians, have been neglecting truth, making fabrications, and time and again spreading disinformation about Xinjiang. China firmly opposes and strongly condemns this, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman, Zhao Lijian said.

In his regular press conference, he said the disinformation on Xinjiang fabricated by some American politicians is the biggest “lie of the century”.

“Journalists from about 20 major foreign media agencies attended the Xinjiang-related press conference held in Beijing by the government of Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. Government officials, religious personnel, graduates of vocational education and training centers, and migrant workers talked about the real situation in Xinjiang based on their own experiences. If certain American politicians and officials truly want to know more about the true Xinjiang, they should read from beginning to end the transcript of this press conference instead of citing reports made by anti-China forces to disseminate disinformation and mislead the international community,” he added.

“Xinjiang enjoys social stability, economic growth, ethnic solidarity, harmony among religions and better livelihoods, and people of all ethnic groups including Uyghurs are living a life of happiness, tranquility and peace. By contrast, there’s systemic racial discrimination and police brutality in the U.S. judicial and law enforcement systems.”

He went on to say that polls show 75 percent of American Muslims believe there’s serious discrimination against Muslims in the American society. “Since the pandemic broke out, according to official statistics published by the U.S. side, in Florida alone there have been more than one million people applying for unemployment benefits. Numbers don’t lie!”

He added that the U.S. diplomatic missions in China should fulfill their duty of promoting bilateral relations and friendship instead of spreading disinformation, attacking and smearing China. “Statistics show that in December alone, the U.S. diplomatic missions in China published over 60 pieces of false information on China, including articles slandering the CPC and China’s political system, triggering repulsion and indignation from the Chinese people.”

The right to life and health is the most important human rights. “The U.S. government should earnestly reflect upon it, stop spreading the political virus or interfering in China’s internal affairs under the pretext of Xinjiang, focus on resolving domestic problems, and take concrete actions to protect American lives and safeguard the human rights of American people including the ethnic minorities,” he concluded.