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Spokesperson of Chinese Mission to the EU Speaks on a Question Concerning European Parliament's Resolution on Xinjiang

Q: On December 17, the European Parliament passed a resolution accusing the Chinese government of implementing "forced labor" against ethnic minorities such as Xinjiang Uyghurs. What is your comment?

A: According to laws such as Labor Law and Labor Contract Law, and the relevant administrative regulations, Chinese citizens sign contracts of their free will with their employers on the basis of equality and mutual consent and get paid accordingly. They are absolutely free to choose where to work. This is the case everywhere in China including in Xinjiang. Workers of all ethnic groups in Xinjiang choose their occupations of their own will and sign labor contracts voluntarily in accordance with law on the basis of equality. No one shall be discriminated against for his or her ethnicity, gender or religious belief. In European countries, there are also local workers and workers from other European and non-European countries taking seasonal jobs. It would not be too difficult to find similar laws and practices in this part of the world.

The issue of so-called "forced labor" is no more than lies fabricated out of nothing by some anti-China elements. The EU is always wary of disinformation. The so-called forced labor in Xinjiang is outright disinformation. The hidden hands behind and their maneuvers are no longer secrets. Certain MEPs ignore the fact that people of various ethnic groups in Xinjiang live and work in peace and stability, and get obsessed with false information fabricated by individuals without any credibility and integrity. They distort the efforts of Xinjiang people to pursue a better life through lawful employment as "atrocities" of the Chinese government, maliciously attack the Chinese government's ethnicity policy and livelihood improvement measures, and grossly interfere in China's internal affairs by adopting the resolution. Such a move gravely violates the basic norms governing international relations. We express our strong concerns and firm opposition to this move.

We urge the relevant MEPs to respect facts, discard bias, respect the right of people in Xinjiang to pursue a better life through working and stop engaging in political maneuvering and interfering in China's internal affairs by making use of Xinjiang-related issues.

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