Today the regular Friday briefing by China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs was an extraordinarily hot occasion, in which U.S. policy, the CIA in particular, was called out for conspiracy to create the Uyghur human rights “issue” in Xinjiang with deliberate intent to contain China, and similar frauds were concocted and carried out in Iraq and Syria. Spokeswoman Hua Chunying, director of the ministry’s Department of Information, conducted the proceedings.
Before the regular press briefing began, a video of Daniel Dumbrill was shown, delivering remarks at an event titled, “Genocide in Xinjiang,” shown on a Discovery Zoom Panel.
Then Hua Chunying announced, “I’d like to show you one more short video,” and played a clip of Col. Lawrence Wilkerson (ret.). Below is her full statement, taken from the Ministry posting today. Note that, during the tense Q&A which followed, she expressed special appreciation for the statement released on March 23 by Schiller Institute President Helga Zepp-LaRouche and international co-signers, “Declaration of China Experts from all over the World.”
HUA CHUNYING: “We’ve just watched this video clip together. I wonder what you think of it. The speaker is Lawrence Wilkerson, former chief of staff to former Secretary of State Colin Powell and retired U.S. Army Colonel. He was speaking at the Ron Paul Institute in August 2018 on the threefold purposes of the U.S. presence in Afghanistan, one of which is to contain China. He said undisguisedly that ‘the third reason we were there [in Afghanistan] is because there are 20 million Uyghurs [in Xinjiang]. The CIA would want to destabilize China and that would be the best way to do it, to foment unrest and to join with those Uighurs in pushing the Han Chinese in Beijing from internal places rather than external.’ [Note that Wilkerson and the Ron Paul Institute are outspokenly opposed to the”endless wars," and he was likely not “confessing” to bad acts, but “exposing” the bad acts of others. Hua’s words are nonetheless deadly accurate—ed.]
“Doesn’t it feel like a déjà vu? In an April 2019 speech at Texas A&M University, former U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo boasted, ‘we lied, we cheated, we stole. … We had entire training courses. It reminds you of the glory of the American experiment.’ This is what the U.S. has said and done.
“In 2003, the U.S. launched military strikes against Iraq on the grounds that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction, causing hundreds of thousands of casualties and more than 1 million homeless. Years later, the U.S. admitted that the evidence of Iraq’s holding weapons of mass destruction was nothing more than a small tube of white laundry powder.
“In 2018, the U.S., the U.K., France and some other countries launched air strikes on Syria, claiming that the Syrian government forces used chemical weapons against the Syrian people. The air strikes led to hundreds of thousands of casualties and displacement of innocent civilians. But the evidence of the so-called use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government turned out to be nothing more than a staged video directed by the White Helmets, a group funded by U.S. and U.K. intelligence agencies.
“In 2019, during the disturbance over proposed legislative amendments in Hong Kong, the CIA worked hand in glove with National Endowment for Democracy to sponsor, instigate and even commanded anti-China, destabilizing forces in Hong Kong to launch vandalizing, looting and arson attacks, and storm the Legislative Council building in the name of fighting for democracy and freedom in an attempt to spark a ‘color revolution’ in Hong Kong .
“Now, the U.S. and its several Western allies are targeting the pure and white Xinjiang cotton. They imposed sanctions on relevant Chinese individuals and entity over the false accusation of the sensational ‘crimes’ of ‘forced labor,’ ‘forced sterilization’ and even ‘genocide’ in Xinjiang.
“However, as admitted by the former U.S. official in the video clip you watched, the so-called Uyghur issue in Xinjiang is just a strategic conspiracy with an attempt to disrupt China from within and contain China. In this ‘play’ staged by the U.S., some politicians and media outlets in the U.S. and its ally countries played a very disgraceful role. Some of them colluded with anti-China forces to scrupulously pursue rumor-mongering and smearing campaigns against China with unfounded pretexts. And some, out of ideological prejudice, would rather believe in lies concocted by a handful of anti-China elements than listen to the voice of the 25 million people of all ethnic groups in Xinjiang and face squarely the basic facts of development and progress in Xinjiang. They are full of righteous indignation in ‘defending’ human rights in Xinjiang by citing some so-called ‘credible’ witnesses or information. Now, after watching this video of Lawrence Wilkerson, will they believe in the words of their government official or continue to trust those clumsy actors of the play?
“Facts have proved time and again that the Xinjiang issue is by no means about ethnicity, religion or human rights, but an issue of fighting separatism, terrorism and interference. The U.S. has crafted the so-called Xinjiang issue, not because it cares for the Uyghur people. Otherwise, why did it attack Muslim countries under the pretext of counter-terrorism following the September 11 attack, leading to deaths and family separations of tens of millions of Muslims? And why did they put in place the one and only ‘Muslim ban’ in the world and discriminate against and persecute Muslims and other ethnic minorities in the U.S.? Their true intention is to undermine China’s security and stability and stop China from growing stronger.
“We solemnly inform the U.S. side that today’s China is neither Iraq nor Syria, still less the late Qing Dynasty downtrodden by the Eight-Power Allied Forces. China is open and above board. All malicious lies and rumors against China will fall apart before facts and truths. We have full resolution, determination and capability to firmly defend national sovereignty, security, dignity and honor.
“My friends, I believe you will make a clean cut with all the lies and disinformation about Xinjiang after watching this video clip. Let the curtain fall on this U.S.-staged play.”