Spokesman of the Embassy of the People's Republic of China in Jamaica on Remarks that Stigmatize China by Mr. Donald Tapia, Ambassador of the United States of America to Jamaica
2020/08/19

US Ambassador to Jamaica Mr. Donald Tapia recently called out China for the lack of press freedom and the marginalisation of Muslims and Blacks. He said the People's Republic of China has "one of the greatest propaganda organizations in the world." 

 

We express our firm opposition and strong indignation to the remarks of stigmatization of the People's Republic of China by Mr. Donald Tapia.

 

As the American people are grappling with public health and economic difficulties, a handful of US politicians, out of ideological bias and Cold War mentality, have been busy spreading falsehoods attacking and smearing China, instead of focusing on conducting international cooperation and safeguarding the American people's health and jobs.

 

A handful of US politicians and Mr. Tapia attempt to hijack the international community onto their anti-communism and anti-China chariot and use other countries as their pawns. Their intention of deflecting attention in pursuit of selfish political gains is fully revealed. The world can see through this and won't fall for it. Peace-loving people will not allow it. Focusing on fighting the virus and saving lives should be the one true task at hand for the US, not regurgitating excuses to deflect the blame on China.

 

We would like to clarify and reiterate our positions:

 

1.The false accusations made by the US on Xinjiang are among the biggest lies of this century. In the past 40 years, the Uighur population in Xinjiang has increased from 5.55 million to 11.68 million, more than doubling in the past four decades. There is one mosque for every 530 Muslims in Xinjiang, and the total number of mosques in China is more than ten times that in the US. Xinjiang is enjoying sustained economic development, social stability, better living standards, unprecedented cultural vivacity and a harmonious coexistence of religions. Xinjiang-related issues are never about human rights, ethnicity or religion, but about counter-terrorism, anti-separatism and de-radicalization. Xinjiang affairs are purely China's internal affairs. The US has no right and no ground to interfere.

 

The vocational education and training program is a meaningful and useful exploration in preventive counter-terrorism and deradicalization. The aim is to eradicate extremism and prevent the escalation of violent terrorist activities. The basic principle of respecting and protecting human rights in accordance with China's Constitution and law is strictly observed in these centers to guarantee that the personal dignity of trainees is inviolable. The argument about one million Uyghurs detained is also a groundless lie. This sensational rumor was first started and spread by the Network of Chinese Human Rights Defenders, a non-governmental organization supported by the US government. There are also lies that religious freedom have been restricted and Muslims oppressed in Xinjiang. The truth is that recently some politicians and media in the US have stigmatized the fight against terrorism and extremism in Xinjiang in accordance with law as restriction of freedom of religious belief and oppression against Muslims.

 

Facts have proved that China's religious policy conforms to China's national conditions and Xinjiang's reality, and the constitutional principle of freedom of religious belief has been fully implemented in Xinjiang. Uighur people in Xinjiang are breathing freely and enjoying their life, living in a completely different way as opposed to the tragic African American George Floyd. We firmly oppose politicizing religious issues and interfering in other countries' internal affairs under the pretext of religious issues. We sincerely hope that those American politicians will really care about the serious racial issues in their own country and make efforts to protect the human rights of their ethnic minorities. 

 

2.China always attaches great importance to the safety and health of foreign nationals in China and protects their legitimate rights and interests in accordance with law. Since the outbreak of the epidemic, relevant departments and local governments in China have made every effort to meet the living, epidemic control and medical needs of foreign citizens in China, and provided timely treatment to those infected with COVID-19. The vast majority of foreign citizens in China highly appreciate the Chinese people's efforts and outcomes in fighting the epidemic.

 

China opposes all forms of discrimination and prejudice. We always treat foreign nationals and Chinese citizens alike; implementing measures without discrimination. We do not increase or reduce certain regulations on someone just because they are foreign citizens. We treat all foreign nationals equally in China, and we have zero tolerance policy for discrimination. Countries all over the world are taking measures to contain the pandemic. In China, our most urgent task is to prevent imported cases and domestic resurgence. To meet this goal, we need understanding, support and cooperation from both Chinese and foreign nationals in China.

 

3.Since the adoption of the reform and re-opening policy, China's press undertaking has flourished with a growing number of professionals; Chinese journalists enjoy full freedom to report according to law. Their rights and interests are protected by law. The Chinese Government protects its citizens' freedom of speech according to law and gives full play to the scrutiny role of the press and the public. We urge the US side to respect the facts, have a correct view of press freedom in China, and stop the unwarranted accusations against China.

 

Chinese journalists have followed journalism ethics and the principle of objectivity, fairness, truthfulness and accuracy when conducting reporting activities across the world, including in the US. However, the US launched one round of political suppression after another against Chinese media. The US actions have severely disrupted Chinese journalists' normal reporting activities and gravely damaged the reputation of the Chinese media. The US now willfully obstructs the Chinese media from doing their job. Such a two-faced behavior exposed its hypocrisy in so-called freedom of the press, and is nothing short of double standards and imperialistic bullying.

 

While both China and Jamaica are jointly working hard to overcome the current difficulties, we have to solve and dispel suspicions and doubts. We will continue to build a constructive and mutually beneficial China-Jamaica relationship and work together with other countries for the bright future of a community with a shared future for mankind. All Mr. Tapia's attack on China is based on "fake news". It is ridiculous that he as an ambassador pays more attention to China than to the host country. We wonder if Mr. Tapia has a good answer to this question: how the US government can ensure that black lives really matter in the US?

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