Bias stops West see­ing real Xin­jiang

Global Times US Edition - - EDITORIAL -

Mihrigul Tur­sun, a Uyghur woman who claimed she came from the Xin­jiang vo­ca­tional ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing cen­ters, which the West calls “re-ed­u­ca­tion camps,” cried out to re­porters in the Na­tional Press Club of the US. She said she was locked in a 37-square-me­ter cell with 67 oth­ers, nine of whom were tor­tured to death in three months. It’s easy to tell the woman was ly­ing and there must be some­one who taught her to speak like this. She might want to ob­tain asy­lum in the US.

Global Times re­porters re­cently vis­ited two vo­ca­tional ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing cen­ters in Xin­jiang. What they saw was to­tally dif­fer­ent from the woman’s de­pic­tion. Rather than pris­ons, the cen­ters are schools that help trainees rid them­selves of ex­treme thoughts and mas­ter vo­ca­tional skills needed to re­turn to so­ci­ety. Even a real prison in China is not like Tur­sun por­trayed.

It’s star­tling that no re­porters on the scene ques­tion the sto­ries fab­ri­cated by Tur­sun. If these so-called “re-ed­u­ca­tion camps” were so hor­ri­ble, how did she escape?

Tur­sun’s sto­ries cater to the needs of some Western me­dia. De­mo­niz­ing China is an in­dus­trial chain in Western me­dia. Defin­ing what China is do­ing from an ex­treme per­spec­tive or us­ing in­ter­vie­wees to ma­nip­u­late facts is all pos­si­ble. Few will cor­rect the wrong in the cur­rent Western so­ci­ety.

The ide­o­log­i­cal gap be­tween China and the West is deep­en­ing. Both sides need to ex­plore the rea­sons and take nec­es­sary mea­sures to stop the trend. China hopes to fur­ther open­ing, and this is wel­comed by the West. How­ever, the ever-in­ten­si­fy­ing ide­o­log­i­cal con­flicts are clearly in­con­sis­tent with such will­ing­ness by both sides.

China and the West have dif­fer­ent gov­er­nance ap­proaches due to dif­fer­ent po­lit­i­cal sys­tems, cul­tural tra­di­tions and his­to­ries. But both sides shouldn’t have a mis­judg­ment of com­mon sense to­ward the other. This of­ten hap­pens in the West’s per­cep­tion of China.

China is mak­ing progress in econ­omy and so­ci­ety, which has laid the foun­da­tion for con­tin­u­ous im­prove­ment of hu­man rights. As a coun­try that has opened quite widely to the world, it is im­pos­si­ble to al­low a ma­li­cious vi­o­la­tion of hu­man rights. It can­not be ac­cepted both do­mes­ti­cally and in­ter­na­tion­ally.

Most of the Western ac­cu­sa­tions of Chi­nese main­land vi­o­la­tions of hu­man rights con­cen­trate on dis­si­dents in China, gov­er­nance of eth­nic mi­nori­ties in bor­der ar­eas, a few peo­ple who il­le­gally pos­sess Chi­nese and other na­tion­al­i­ties or Chi­nese who hold a for­eign pass­port but still live in China. But the main­land is pur­su­ing its own jus­ti­fied goals: safe­guard­ing so­cial or­der and sta­bil­ity, pre­vent­ing na­tional split and ter­ror­ism ac­tiv­i­ties and se­cur­ing na­tional se­cu­rity.

China’s gov­er­nance is based on good­will. But some Western­ers in­ter­fere be­cause of the dif­fer­ence be­tween China and the West in gov­er­nance.

Although not all of the West’s ac­cu­sa­tions against China’s hu­man rights are ma­li­cious, they are bi­ased, rude and im­pa­tient.

China has main­tained peace for 30 years, but ma­jor Western coun­tries suf­fered from many wars in the three decades. China con­cen­trated most of its ef­forts on im­prov­ing peo­ple’s life.

In­stead of re­ject­ing a Western hu­man rights con­cept, China crit­i­cally as­sim­i­lates it ac­cord­ing to its na­tional sit­u­a­tion. China has been reit­er­at­ing that restor­ing Xin­jiang’s peace and sta­bil­ity is the top pri­or­ity of hu­man rights. Few Western­ers ac­cept such a plain truth.

China’s pop­u­la­tion is larger than that of all the Western coun­tries. Chaos, war and mis­ery were fre­quent dur­ing the process of Western mod­ern­iza­tion. March­ing for­ward peace­fully is China’s great un­der­tak­ing of re­cent decades. Please re­spect the achieve­ment of China’s de­vel­op­ment and the will of 1.4 bil­lion Chi­nese peo­ple, and stop stig­ma­tiz­ing China’s gov­er­nance.

Il­lus­tra­tion: Liu Rui/GT

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