BEIJING: The Chinese government protects its citizens’ right to freedom of religious belief and people of all ethnic groups enjoy freedom of religious belief in accordance with the law, said spokesperson of the Chinese Foreign Ministry Hua Chunying at a regular news briefing.
While commenting on some US’s lawmakers’ allegations of “human rights abuses in Xinjiang, she hoped the US side could recognize and respects facts, discard prejudice and stop doing or saying anything to undermine mutual trust and cooperation between the two sides.
If China’s policies on ethnic minority groups and the equal rights enjoyed by them are viewed without bias and prejudice, the conclusion will be drawn that China’s policies and record in this regard are actually far better than the US.
The Human Rights Record of the US released by the Information Office of the State Council enumerated various problems facing the US in terms of racial discrimination and human rights protection.
These US lawmakers have no right to make these unwarranted accusations on ethnic minority issue against China, she added.
The spokesperson advised those US lawmakers, who are paid by taxpayers’ money, to focus on doing their job and serving the Americans, instead of poking their noses in other countries’ domestic affairs, acting as some kind of “human rights judge” to make groundless accusations, or even threatening to impose unreasonable sanctions.
To a question about establishment of a committee of international commercial experts by the China Supreme Court for settling BRI’s disputes, the spokesperson said, as the BRI celebrates its fifth birthday this year, international cooperation on this initiative is also faced with important opportunities.
State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi has recently stated that rules and rule of law are essential for the BRI to develop in the world, and they are also the safety valve against uncertainties and challenges.
China attached great importance to the Belt and Road legal safeguards and cooperation which is an indispensable and fundamental part of the BRI.
In the BRI cooperation documents we signed with other countries, there are clear stipulations of shouldering each other’s obligations under international law and observing domestic laws and regulations, which demonstrates that the BRI respects the universal international law as well as the domestic laws of respective countries, she added.—INP