At Chinese Ministry Spokesperson Geng Shuang’s regular press conference on Jan. 9th, 2020, he blamed the U.S. as “the root cause of current middle east escalating tensions”.
Q: US President Trump said yesterday that the US will never allow Iran to have a nuclear weapon, that the UK, France, Germany, Russia and China need to recognize this reality and break away from the JCPOA, and that parties must all work together toward making a deal with Iran that makes the world a safer and more peaceful place. I wonder what is your opinion on that?
A: Escalating tensionsin the Middle East is posing grave challenges to the Iranian nuclear issue. The US has unilaterally withdrawn from the JCPOA, neglected international law and its international obligations, imposed maximum pressure on Iran, and obstructed other parties in keeping their commitments. Such practices are the root cause of current tensions and should be the first thing for all parties to consider if we want to resolve the Iranian nuclear issue objectively and fairly.
The hard-won JCPOA, endorsed and adopted by the UN Security Council, is an important outcome of multilateral diplomacy, an important pillar for the international non-proliferation system and peace and stability in the Middle East, and a significant part of the international order based on international law. The international community should have the bigger, long-term picture in mind, firmly uphold the JCPOA, and work for amelioration in the Iranian nuclear issue and in the Middle East. China will stay in close communication and coordination with relevant parties and make tireless efforts to this end.
Q: Secretary Pompeo said on January 7 that the Chinese Communist Party is committing mass human rights violations and abuses ethnic Muslim minorities held in detention in Xinjiang. The US asks all countries, particularly those in the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and the Arab League, to denounce the Chinese Communist Party’s brutal treatment of Uighurs. He also noted the appointment of the new head of the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in the Hong Kong SAR and hopes the Chinese Communist Party will honor its commitments in the Sino-British Joint Declaration to guarantee Hong Kong’s independent rule of law and freedoms. I wonder if you have a response to that?
A: Certain individual on the US side, with his expertise in fabricating lies, once again slandered and attacked China. Practices like this have severely undermined America’s credibility and have been questioned and rejected by more and more countries. I would like to stress the following points.
There is no issue with ethnicity, religion or human rights in China’s Xinjiang. The counter-terrorism and de-radicalization measures taken by local governments in Xinjiang were lawful and effective as they contained terrorist activities and ensured the region’s peace and prosperity. The endeavors have been endorsed by all 25 million residents of various ethnic groups there and commended by the international community including Muslim countries. In March 2019, the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) adopted a resolution which commended China’s efforts in providing care to Muslim citizens. During a UN Human Rights Council meeting in July and a Third Committee session of the 74th UNGA, dozens of countries, of which many are OIC members, applauded China’s respect for and protection of human rights in its counter-terrorism and de-radicalization efforts. It must be pointed out that the wars staged by the US in the Middle East over the past years have caused countless Muslim casualties and displacement as well as turmoils in the region. As has been proven, it is precisely the US that has infringed upon Muslim human rights. Its attempts to sow discord between China and Islamic states are futile in the end.
Hong Kong affairs are purely China’s internal affairs. No country, organization or individual has any right to interfere. Since its return to the motherland, Hong Kong has been governed in accordance with China’s Constitution and the Basic Law of the Hong Kong SAR. The principles of “one country, two systems” and Hong Kong people governing Hong Kong with a high degree of autonomy has been faithfully implemented. The rights and freedoms of Hong Kong residents have been fully guaranteed according to law. Those are facts already recognized by the international community. The US and other foreign forces have no legal basis and are in no position to invoke the Sino-British Joint Declaration to make unwarranted remarks on Hong Kong affairs.
Certain individual in the US cannot accommodate himself to the huge success of socialism with Chinese characteristics or acknowledge the fact that the Communist Party of China has won the full support of the Chinese people. He has been obsessed with ideology confrontation that runs counter to the trend of the times. We advise him to discard anti-China prejudice and obsession, foster a correct perception on China as soon as possible and stop his anti-China rattling. Political attempts are doomed to fail if they aim to drive a wedge between the CPC and the Chinese people or negate our socialism with Chinese characteristics.
News source: The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs