China Invites Foreign Diplomats, Agencies to Visit Xinjiang Training Centres

China’s Foreign Ministry extended its invitation to “any party who abides by China’s laws and regulations and does not interfere with its internal affairs,” as a Xinjiang official said Monday that diplomats from 12 countries visited vocational training centres in Xinjiang upon China’s invitation.

In response to the remarks of Shohrat Zakir, chairman of the People’s Government of Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, that welcomes UN officials to visit the education centers, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang told a press conference on Monday that “Xinjiang is an open area and we welcome all parties, including UN officials, to visit the region and respect Chinese laws.”

All parties should abide by the principles of the UN Charter and avoid interfering with the internal affairs of other countries or undermine other countries’ sovereignty.

“They should adhere to an objective and neutral attitude and avoid being biased or misguided by wrong messages,” Lu said.

An official from the publicity department of Xinjiang, who requested anonymity, confirmed with the Global Times on Monday that foreign diplomats from 12 countries, including Russia, Indonesia, India, Kazakhstan and Pakistan were invited to visit vocational training and education centres in Xinjiang in late December.

A group of foreign media, including Reuters and TASS, visited the centres January 3-5.

Li Wei, a Beijing-based anti-terrorism expert, who was invited to visit the education…

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