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Wang Yi Stresses That All Countries Should Not Interfere in Other's Internal Affairs

On September 1, 2020 local time, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi and German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas jointly met the press. A journalist raised questions related to the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region again.

Wang Yi first provided some figures and facts to introduce that it is legitimate and reasonable for the Chinese side to formulate the national security law for Hong Kong, as a way to improve and strengthen Hong Kong's rule of law, and expounded on the fruitful results of de-radicalization measures in Xinjiang. Then, he stressed, all the policies of China have won wide support from people of all ethnic groups in China, including the people in Hong Kong. Wang Yi said, a lot of consensus has been reached during this trip to Europe. At the same time, many of my colleagues asked about the affairs related to China's Xinjiang and Hong Kong, while emphasizing the respect for China's sovereignty and no intention to interfere China's internal affairs in the first place. I would like to make clear the following three points.

First, mutual respect and non-interference in other countries' internal affairs should be upheld in state-to-state exchanges, as this is the basic principles of international law and is set forth by the Charter of the United Nations. Under this premise, the Chinese side is willing to communicate with countries which are interested in the topics of common interest to enhance mutual understanding.

Second, while observing and commenting China's affairs, one should always rely on facts and truths instead of just listening to one side of the story, let alone spreading misinformation. It is extremely irresponsible to spread rumors, which also shows huge disrespect for the modernization process achieved by the Chinese people.

Third, we welcome foreign friends to China, including China's Xinjiang and other regions. We have invited groups from over 90 countries to visit Xinjiang. Although they have different political positions, they all believe that what they have seen in Xinjiang and what they heard about it before are not the same. China is open to the world, therefore friends from all walks of life are welcome to experience China's development and changes. However, people of all ethnic groups in Xinjiang will definitely not welcome those who have biased views and a presumption of guilt.

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