Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said that Uyghurs in Xingjian are not faced with racial genocide, religious persecution or forced labor. He made these remarks in an interview with Al Arabiya Network (Saudi Arabia) that aired on March 27, 2021. Yi said that the Uyghur population in Xingjian has increased by more than 25% between 2010 and 2018, mosques and Islamic clerics in the region are provided with public services, and workers are permitted to choose their occupation freely. He added that this is contrary to "some Western countries" that forced the children of the indigenous population under their rule to convert to Christianity and learn English.
Wang Yi: "The number of Uyghurs in Xinjiang rose from 10,170,000 in 2010 to about 12,720,000 in 2018. This is an increase of more than 25 percent. This figure is much higher than the 2% population growth of the Han Chinese in Xinjiang during the same period. So, where did the talk about racial genocide come from?
"The Palestinian ambassador to China said, after visiting Xinjiang, that there are several mosques on one street. Xinjiang is making continuous efforts to improve public services in mosques, especially providing service to all Islamic clerics, in the fields of training, Quran interpretation, radio, television, and medicine.
"So where did the talk about religious persecution come from? Some two million new jobs were created in Xinjiang in the past five years. This is an increase of more than 17 percent. Workers from different nationalities can choose their occupation freely. Their rights, interests, and gains are guaranteed.
"So where did the talk of forced labor come from? On the contrary, we find that some Western countries have implemented the policy of dissolving the indigenous population in their official historical narrative. As a result, many children were forced to convert to Christianity and learn English. Conversely, the cultures and languages of all the nationalities in Xinjiang were left intact."