Chinese FM again urges explanation on US officials’ Xinjiang remarks, calls ‘genocide’ claim international joke
Published: Jun 07, 2022 07:55 PM
Zhao Lijian Photo: VCG

Zhao Lijian Photo: VCG

China has again urged the US to give an explanation on US officials' revealed plan of "smearing Xinjiang to contain China," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said at Tuesday's press briefing and urged the US to stop its despicable act of smearing Xinjiang through political manipulation.

Media have reported that in 2021, Sheila Carey, consul and head of the economic/political section of the US Consulate General in Guangzhou, and her colleague Andrew Chira told guests at a cocktail reception that the US government hoped US businesses "could understand" that using the Xinjiang-related issue to hype up the so-called forced labor, genocide and human rights abuses "are an effective means to fight against the Chinese government" and ultimately "get the Chinese government bogged down."

Zhao at Monday's press briefing urged the US to give a sound explanation, noting that if the information is true, then "I'm not surprised. Because this is not the first time that US officials have revealed their thoughts." So far, the US hasn't given an explanation.

It has been reported that a guest at the reception admitted on social media that the business people at the reception said privately this practice was crazy and wondered how made-up stories about Xinjiang will bring them any good.

The guest has been to Xinjiang many times and there was no "genocide" or "forced labor" there, confirming that US politicians are full of lies. There was a time when the Chinese were friendly and doing business well until Trump started making things worse, said the guest, Zhao cited media reports as saying.

Media reported that the guest thought President Biden would be quick to correct these mistakes, but nothing much has changed. However, after listening to the consular officer's remarks, the guest finally realized that they were paying for their dirty and ugly decisions and decided to make it public.

As a famous Chinese saying goes, there is no impermeable wall in the world, Zhao said. The guest's remarks represent the voice of the vast majority of American businesses who have been coerced by US political intrigue, Zhao said, noting that this was an international joke.

We have told you that "genocide in Xinjiang" is the lie of the century concocted by US politicians, that some people may not believe that, but people should know how the lie was made, Zhao said.

A reporter raised the question that a spokesperson for the US Embassy in Beijing said that China should stop attributing false statements to US officials, Zhao replied that what he quoted is not propaganda, nor is it made up by the Chinese government, but actual remarks posted on social media platform. 

All of us may take a close look at what has been said and decide which is true and which is false and find out which country is the "empire of lies," Zhao noted.