The United States Extends a “Black Hand” for Long-Arm Jurisdiction; hypocritical, nonsensical “forced labor” hearing: Xinjiang official

A farm tractor sows cotton in Yuli County, northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, March 29, 2022. Photo: VCG

A senior official in China’s northwest Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region on Friday criticized the “black hand” and long-armed jurisdiction of the US government for holding a hearing to ban imports of “products of forced labour” from China.

The hearing by the US Department of Homeland Security, inviting so-called witnesses who do not know the reality in Xinjiang, attempted to justify and legitimize a crackdown on the region to conceal US long-arm jurisdiction , which “shows the United States the hypocrisy and absurdity of the judicial system,” Xu Guixiang, spokesperson for the Xinjiang regional government, said Friday in an online press conference.

Happy lives are earned through hard work, and Xinjiang authorities prioritize employment for all ethnic groups with the ultimate goal of ensuring people’s right to employment and their ability to live a happy life – this which cannot be criticized, Xu said.

Xu raised four questions for the United States to answer: Is government support for jobs a guarantee or a violation of rights? Are people employed voluntarily or “forced”? Is such support consistent with or in violation of international conventions? Does support improve or diminish people’s lives?

Xinjiang is located on China’s northwest border and has long lagged behind in socio-economic development. The four southern prefectures of Xinjiang were once deeply poor areas with a harsh natural environment, low market maturity, and underdeveloped industrialization and urbanization.

Some people, under the influence of the “three forces of evil” – terrorism, extremism and separatism – have rejected modern scientific knowledge and refused to learn and master professional skills, which has led to a low level education, insufficient employability and difficulties in escaping poverty.

In the face of such a difficult situation, if the government does not offer help and support, people of all ethnic groups will not have adequate employment opportunities and their employment rights will not be fully realized. made, Xu said.

Xu said the government’s support for employment is based on fully respecting employees’ wishes, involving knowing people’s needs and connecting them with employers. Western attacks on job shifting ignore the reality that China’s development is unbalanced and that developed regions can offer more job options and higher wages.
Government support for employment ensures that people are not discriminated against on the basis of ethnicity, gender, place of origin or religious beliefs. These policies allow people of all ethnicities to find work. Does this contradict international conventions? Xu asked.

Xinjiang residents who work outside the region earn an average of 40,000 yuan ($6,285) a year, which is equal to the local average where they work. People working in Xinjiang earn about 30,000 yuan a year, which is much higher than those working in agriculture, Xu said.

Many families have been able to build new houses, as well as buy cars and household appliances, so that they can live a happy life that was unimaginable in the past. Policies are adopted by the public, so why is the West blind to them? Xu asked.

“We advise American politicians not to hold closed hearings with deaf ears and blind eyes. If they really want a hearing, they should listen to 25 million people of all ethnicities in Xinjiang and throw a punch. eye to the social and economic development of Xinjiang,” Xu said.

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