The Eurasian Century Institute (ECI), Islamabad and Ex-Chinese Association of Pakistan jointly organized a webinar titled “Xinjiang – Understanding the Dynamics from a Pakistani Perspective” on 20th April, 2021. Opening remarks were given by Dr. Talat Shabbir, Director, China-Pakistan Study Centre at the Institute of Strategic Studies, Islamabad. Mr. Azeem Khan and Mr. Multazim Raza Khan from Ex-Chinese Association were the main speakers. Ms. Hina Habib and Mr. Asad Ali, Research Associates of ECI were also provided with opportunity to share their views about the ongoing issues related to Xinjiang. Mr. Irfan Shahzad Takalvi Founding President of ECI) moderated the session. Diplomats from China also shared their views and latest updates on the subject.
The following points came in the discussion:
Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomy Region (XUAR) of China, being the ‘Heart of Eurasia’, is strategically important not only for China but for the entire region of Central and South Asia. Especially for Pakistan, Xinjiang is of vital significance being the important nod of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).
Xinjiang is an extremely beautiful; it is a heaven on earth but unfortunately due to changing dynamics and emerging geo political of the world situation specifically with the rise of China this heaven is being targeted by western media as a tool to malign China. This is nothing but an extension of policy aimed at containing the rise of China. This whole campaign has turned into a propaganda war against Beijing.
As a matter of fact, the accusations of human rights’ violations, suppression and so-called concentration camps are baseless and unfunded. And-China media continues to falsely project Xinjiang but ignores gross violations of rights and repression of people of Kashmir and Palestine. The reality is that people of Xinjiang are living peaceful, prosperous and all the ethnic groups of the region live in harmony with each other. Re-education and vocational training center’s have equipped people with education and skills needed to enter a fast growing and developing economy thus the people are able to find reasonable employments in all the emerging fields. China’s effective policy of fighting terrorism, extremism and ensuring de-radicalization has not only made Xinjiang peaceful but contributed positively to the stability of the entire region. To show to the world the reality of Xinjiang, China should engage researchers, media, policy makers and particularly young and emerging lot so that the truth about Xinjiang is shared further and propaganda is countered.
[Report written by Ms. Hina Habib, Research Associate, Eurasian Century Institute (ECI), Islamabad.]