Xinjiang welcomes officials from new US govt to visit, opposes presumption of guilt
Published: Feb 01, 2021 11:03 AM

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Northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region is walking on the path of justice and has nothing to hide, a senior official from Xinjiang told a press conference on Monday. He added that Xinjiang welcomes people from around the world, including officials from the new US administration.

A third press conference on Xinjiang-related issues was held in Beijing on Monday with a dozen foreign and domestic media representatives attending. 

In response to a question on whether Xinjiang would receive visits by US officials, Xu Guixiang, deputy director-general of the publicity department of the Xinjiang Regional Committee of the Communist Party of China, said at the press conference, “We welcome people from all fields around the world, including officials from the new US administration, to visit Xinjiang to know what is really happening there and avoid being fooled by Pompeo’s lies.

But we also have a bottom line and firmly oppose a so-called investigation with presumption of guilt.” 

Xu noted that former US secretary of state Mike Pompeo’s accusation that China was committing genocide in its Xinjiang region is “the largest framing up in human history… his determination is a piece of waste paper.”

The senior official said that they have maintained communication with EU diplomats over visits in Xinjiang and made detailed arrangements. “We have shown our sincerity and hope they can make the trip.”