U.S. bill on Xinjiang flagrant move to undermine China's sovereignty, integrity -- observer

Internet China 2020-07-18 11:03:10

The Sri Lanka-China Friendship Association (SLCFA) on Saturday strongly condemned the so-called "Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act of 2020" signed by the United States, saying it is a flagrant move to undermine China's sovereignty and territorial integrity.

SLCFA President Ananda Goonatilleke told Xinhua that all matters concerning Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region are China's internal affairs, and any U.S. interference violates international rules and norms endorsed by the United Nations, international law and basic norms of international relations.

"This so-called legislation on China's Xinjiang is another example of the hegemonic policy" of the United States, Goonatilleke said, adding that such a move will "undermine the sovereignty of independent nations in the world."

Goonatilleke said that Xinjiang-related issues are not about human rights, ethnicity or religion, but about combating violent terrorism and separatism.

The counterterrorism measures taken by the Chinese government are in compliance with Chinese laws and turn out to be effective, he said, as there has been zero violent incident in the region for more than three years.

"The United States is also a victim of terrorism and should have supported China's anti-terrorism measures," he said. "But the disgusting truth is, the United States is proving its typical double standard on counterterrorism."

As the COVID-19 pandemic has claimed nearly 120,000 lives in the United States, largely due to gross mismanagement by the top administration, Goonatilleke said, hawks in Washington are merely trying "to divert the attention elsewhere by curbing the national independence and state sovereignty of other countries."

On Thursday, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said in a statement that the Chinese government and people express strong indignation at and firm opposition to the signing of the so-called "Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act of 2020" by the United States.

This so-called act deliberately denigrates the human rights conditions in China's Xinjiang, viciously attacks the Chinese government's Xinjiang policy, blatantly violates international law and basic norms in international relations, and grossly interferes in China's internal affairs, the ministry said. 

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