China urges US to withdraw visa restrictions on officials or face countermeasures
Published: Mar 22, 2022 10:56 PM
Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin. Photo: VCG

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin. Photo: VCG

The US statement on restricting visas of Chinese officials for their involvement in "repressive acts" against ethnic and religious minority groups is full of ideological bias and political lies, which China firmly opposes, Wang Wenbin, spokesperson of the Chinese Foreign Ministry, told a press conference on Tuesday, urging the US to withdraw such sanctions or China will take countermeasures. 

Such a statement smears China, groundlessly attacks Chinese officials, violates international laws and norms, and recklessly interferes in China's domestic affairs, Wang said, noting that the Chinese people have the final say on whether the human rights situation in China is good or not and the US has no right to point its finger at China. 

The US is restricting visas of Chinese officials for their involvement in "repressive acts" against ethnic and religious minority groups, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Monday, Reuters reported. 

Wang noted that the Chinese government has always adhered to the human rights ideals of putting people at the center and making people's rights of living and developing its priority. China has walked a pattern of human rights that fits the trend of the times and the country's environment and has achieved historical fruits on human rights. 

The 1.4 billion Chinese people have gained a sense of happiness and security and the human rights record of China is at its best in history, which the international community has witnessed, Wang said. 

The most notorious human rights violator is the US, Wang said, noting the US slaughtered native Indians, drove them out of their land and forced them to assimilate in a new culture and such overall and systematic violations of Indians' human rights constitute genocide.

In the 100 years after the founding of the US, the population of Indians decreased from 5 million at the end of 15th century to 250,000 at the beginning of the 20th century, and due to the assimilation policies, the culture of Indians had perished, the spokesperson said. 

Long-term systematic racism is also the cancer of the US and has brought disasters to other countries through the invasion of these countries and violating human rights there. The US also froze $7 billion in assets of Afghans, exacerbating a humanitarian crisis. "This is what the US has done and is still using the banner of protecting human rights to impose on other countries," said Wang. 

"We urge the US to reflect and correct its crimes and wrongdoings in the human rights field, take an objective view on China's human rights record, stop maliciously attacking China and immediately withdraw the so-called sanctions on Chinese officials. Otherwise, China will take countermeasures," said Wang. 

Global Times