Xinjiang has long been an inseparable part of Chinese territory; never has it been the so-called East Turkistan, said the State Council Information Office of the People’s Republic of China.
The State Council made the remarks in a white paper titled Historical Matters Concerning Xinjiang issued in Beijing on Sunday.The white paper said China is a unified multi-ethnic country, and the various ethnic groups in Xinjiang have long been part of the Chinese nation. The Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region was a place where the famed Silk Road connected ancient China with the rest of the world, it said.
The State Council further mentioned that throughout its long history, Xinjiang’s development has been closely related to that of China. Xinjiang is enjoying sustained economic development, social stability, a better standard of living, unprecedented cultural prosperity, a harmonious coexistence of all religions, and solidarity among all ethnic groups, it said.
The paper mentioned that the region is experiencing its most auspicious period of development and prosperity and it belongs to all ethnic groups in the region and the country.
However, in more recent times, hostile forces in and outside China, especially separatists, religious extremists and terrorists, have tried to split China and break it apart by distorting history and facts, it continued.
The hostile forces deny the fact that Xinjiang has been a part of China’s territory where various ethnic groups have lived together, it said. The white paper noted that many cultures in Xinjiang have communicated with each other, and different religions have coexisted since ancient times.
Citing that history cannot be tampered with and facts are indisputable, It went on saying that the hostile forces call Xinjiang “East Turkistan” and clamor for independence.They attempt to separate ethnic groups in Xinjiang from the Chinese nation and ethnic cultures in the region from the diverse but integrated Chinese culture, it noted. The document said that the Uygur ethnic group came into being through a long process of migration and integration; it is part of the Chinese nation.
In Xinjiang, different cultures and religions coexist, and ethnic cultures have been fostered and developed in the embrace of the Chinese civilization. Islam is neither an indigenous nor the sole belief system of the Uygur people. It has taken root in the Chinese culture and developed soundly in China.
The surge in religious extremism around the world has caused a rise in religious extremism in Xinjiang and has resulted in an increasing number of incidents of terror and violence. Xinjiang's fight against terrorism and extremism is a battle for justice and civilization against evil and barbaric forces.
As such it deserves support, respect and understanding. The document continued saying that some countries, organizations and individuals that apply double standards to terrorism and human rights have issued unjustified criticism of Xinjiang's effort.
This kind of criticism betrays the basic conscience and justice of humanity, and will be repudiated by all genuine champions of justice and progress, it said.