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China welcomes EU diplomats' visit to Xinjiang but rejects presumption of guilt

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By Liu Xin and Fan Lingzhi Published: Jul 30, 2021 04:58 PM

China is actively coordinating the visit of EU diplomats to the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region but some of their demands, including visiting Ilham Tohti, a Uygur sentenced to life imprisonment for provoking social unrest, disrespect China's sovereignty, the spokesperson of Xinjiang regional government said at a press conference on Friday, noting that Xinjiang does not welcome those who bear the mentality of "presumption of guilt."

China's Xinjiang region is an open place where people from all around the world are welcomed to visit, and we hope the visits are objective and without bias because only in this way can they see the real situation in Xinjiang, Xu Guixiang, spokesperson of the Xinjiang regional government, told a press conference in Beijing on Friday.

Xu's remarks came to respond questions from Bloomberg on whether China will agree on EU diplomats' request to visit Xinjiang as they expressed the willingness previously but China has yet to agree.

Xu said that EU diplomats' visit to Xinjiang is not a new question but the issue had reached a stalemate.

Ilham, who used to teach at Minzu University of China, was sentenced to life imprisonment by Chinese judicial authorities for separatist crimes. He was found being involved in separatist activities and sowing discord among different ethnic groups, reported in September 2014.

China is actively coordinating the visit but the EU diplomats have made unreasonable requests, for example to visit Ilham, a criminal, which we think disrespect China's sovereignty. We firmly oppose those who bear the attitude or mentality of making presumptions of guilt - to "investigate" or "prove" so-called "concentration camp" or "genocide" claims in Xinjiang, Xu said.

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