Letters | China’s Xinjiang region: Western smearing will not halt progress
- Unproven allegations have been made claiming that China has “created a dystopian hellscape” in Xinjiang. Western countries won’t succeed in jeopardising Xinjiang’s hard-won economic growth and harmony
Professors Jeffrey D. Sachs of Columbia University and William Schabas of Middlesex University have illustrated how “flimsy” the US’ accusations are. In addition they have compared the situation in Xinjiang to the West’s intervention in the Middle East.
Fears have been allayed among Xinjiang businesses since they have continued to thrive even with the trade restrictions remaining in place. A growing consensus has also been observed that China’s steady growth has enhanced economic stability in this region, which was formerly in a precarious condition.
In the past, western China struggled financially due to a slower rate of economic development compared to the rest of the country. In response, the Chinese government has placed greater emphasis on investing in and developing regions like Xinjiang: attempting to stabilise a politically and economically unstable region that is rich in natural resources and has a plethora of economic prospects.
Having realised economic factors can contribute positively in mitigating violence, China has recently invested considerable amounts of money in the region in hopes of resolving unrest. While the Western world seeks to jeopardise Xinjiang’s harmony and stability by raising human rights concerns over supposed genocide, attempting to demonise the Chinese government over Xinjiang has always been, and will always be, futile. Such nefarious behaviour only serves to expose the West’s ulterior motives.
Adrian Ho, founder, Save HK Facebook Group