Chinese diplomat highlights Xinjiang’s cultural prosperity

Zubair Qureshi

Wang Shengjie, Head of Political and Press Section, embassy of China, has said that many countries are suffering because of war on terror.

The main reason behind this is the spread of fake news through social media which creates panic and chaos among the general public.

While attending a dialogue on China’s Xinjiang Policy organized by China Study Centre (CSC) of COMSATS University, Mr Wang Shengjie delivered a keynote address and availed the opportunity to present China’s viewpoint on Xinjiang.

He talked about the beauty and cultural prosperity of Xinjiang by calling it a wonderful land. According to him, many countries are suffering because of this war on terror. The main reason is the spread of fake news through social media which creates panic and chaos among the general public. Only people who get benefit from terrorism are the military complexes.

He also quoted Ambassador Moin-ul-Haque, Mushahid Hussain Sayed and Zafar-ud-din Mahmood who had described Xinjiang as a land of beauty and peace that accounted for 25% increase of Uyghur population between 2010 and 2018.

He concluded by giving some suggestions for the improvement of the problem by strengthening the policy communication, promote people to people connections and trade cooperation.

Earlier, the programme started with the recitation of verses from Holy Quran followed by national anthems of the countries sung by the students of PEAK School, Rawalpindi. The inaugural session started with the welcome address of Prof. Dr. Shams ul Qamar, Campus Director of COMSATS University Islamabad, who welcomed all the speakers and discussants to the dialogue while thanking the Chinese Embassy for their assistance in arranging such events.

He mentioned that Pak-China friendship is embedded deeply in the roots of both the countries. He gave a brief introduction about the CUI faculty and alumni’s who are working closely with the Chinese academia and seeking education from the leading Chinese universities.

Group Captain (Rtd.) Sultan M. Hali, Defence Analyst, gave the second keynote speech by rightly portraying Xinjiang. He said that Xinjiang was in a very poor condition in 1974 but it is much more beautiful and prosperous than even New York at present times.

The GDP of Xinjiang has been recorded as 1.38 trillion in 2020 with major high speed rails projects and more than 21 airports. According to the provided information, 20,000 mosques are currently present in Xinjiang where Islamic education is being taught to young Muslims leaving behind extremism.

Muhammad Nasir Khan, President, Ex Chinese Association, Pakistan, and the 3rd keynote speaker mentioned fast economic development as the secret of Xinjiang and China’s success. He said that the Chinese government paid a lot of attention towards the development of Xinjiang and worked out several measures for bringing economic prosperity. He said that the rights of all the ethnic groups in Xinjiang including Muslims are very well protected by the government and there has been a sharp decrease in the terrorist attacks after 2016. Prof. Dr. Tsui Yenhu, Professor of Social Anthropology, Institute of Social-Cultural Anthropology, Urumqi, Xinjiang, also played his role as the last keynote speaker by joining the session via a video link from China. Later the second session which was the dialogue about China’s Xinjiang Policy, moderated by Dr. Tahir Mumtaz Awan, Head of China Study Centre.

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