China mentioned on Friday United Nations human rights chief Michelle Bachelet is welcome to go to Xinjiang, the place Beijing faces severe human rights allegations in opposition to Uygur Muslims, after the Winter Olympic Video games to advertise cooperation and never an investigation primarily based on the “presumption of guilt”.
International Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian mentioned at a media briefing right here that the invitation was prolonged a very long time in the past and the 2 sides have been sustaining communication.
“China welcomes Madam Bachelet to go to China, together with Xinjiang,” Zhao mentioned.
“Our place is constant and clear. The aim of the go to is to advertise alternate and cooperation, not investigation primarily based on the presumption of guilt. We oppose anybody utilizing this for political manipulation to strain China,” he mentioned.
The spokesman, nevertheless, skirted a direct reply when requested to touch upon a media report stating China can also be insisting Bachelet mustn’t launch her report on Xinjiang earlier than the February 4 Beijing Winter Olympics opening ceremony as demanded by US politicians.
“I can inform you Xinjiang enjoys financial prosperity and social order and other people there are main completely happy lives with their human rights absolutely protected,” he mentioned.
China firmly opposes techniques of utilizing Xinjiang to smear the nation by distorting details, he mentioned.
China has launched a diplomatic offensive to mobilise world leaders to attend the February 4 opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics because the US, the EU and a number of other western international locations introduced a boycott of the occasion by their diplomats to focus on the allegations of human rights violations in Xinjiang, together with the incarceration of over 1,000,000 Uygur Muslims in camps.
A bunch of world leaders together with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, in addition to UN Secretary-Basic Antonio Guterres are attributable to attend the opening ceremony to indicate solidarity with Beijing.
China defends the camps, describing them as re-education centres aimed toward de-radicalising sections of the Uyghur Muslim inhabitants from extremism and separatism marketing campaign carried out by the East Turkistan Islamic Motion (ETIM).
On Friday, Hong Kong-based South China Morning Put up reported China has agreed to host a go to to Xinjiang by Bachelet “within the first half of the 12 months after the Beijing Winter Olympics.”
Bachelet lately secured Beijing’s approval for a go to to the area someday after the Olympic Video games, on the prerequisite that the journey needs to be “pleasant” in nature and never framed as an investigation, the report mentioned.
Beijing additionally insisted that Bachelet’s workplace maintain off on publishing a report into Xinjiang forward of the Video games, as requested by Washington, the media report quoted sources as saying.
Apart from the diplomatic boycott, the US caused laws that successfully bans all imports from Xinjiang, over allegations of compelled labour.
Two US lawmakers, Senator Jeff Merkley and Consultant James McGovern, on the bipartisan and bicameral Congressional-Govt Fee on China final week launched a letter despatched to Bachelet asking her to publicly launch her workplace’s Xinjiang report earlier than the beginning of the Beijing Winter Olympics, the report mentioned.