The Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, which is also a business center and logistics hub of the Belt and Road Initiative, has witnessed unprecedented development and progress, and people of all ethnic groups and from all cultural backgrounds in the region enjoy equality and equal rights, and live with dignity.
Xinjiang’s cotton production accounts for about a fifth of the world‘s total and has helped China increase its cotton production over the past six decades. According to a report, the Chinese textile industry is the largest exporter of global brands.
For many major Western clothing brands, China has been their biggest growth market over the past two decades. In fact, China is the world’s largest apparel market, accounting for more than 24% of global sales, according to a report. And while fabrics made in China may contain cotton from Chinese regional and international sources, China exports both cotton yarn and fabric to garment manufacturing countries.
Xinjiang’s cotton has relatively high yield and good quality, and the region is an important production area of upland cotton and sea island cotton with perfect cultivation and management technology.
However, this undeniable reality is now being ignored, distorted and politicized by a number of malevolent mainstream media in the West through their baseless narratives of so-called human rights abuses, child labor and Muslim genocide. in Xinjiang. This US-led propaganda is the main cause of the Western boycott of cotton and cotton products from Xinjiang.
Xinjiang’s cotton ban, as well as the vaccine plot, G7 opposition to the Belt and Road Initiative, and the AUKUS alliance between Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States, and other hostile activities manifest the West’s continued hypocrisy toward China.
The United States claims to be sympathetic to Muslims, but it is responsible for the greatest humanitarian catastrophes that haunt millions of Muslims and violations of sovereignty in the contemporary world, from the infamous American invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq to the bombings of Libya, Syria, and many other states.
The United States is the most prominent opposition to China-led initiatives and programs. He tried to curb China’s rise through dirty propaganda and media campaigns. At a time when many countries are helping each other contain the COVID-19 pandemic, the United States has used offensive means to sabotage China’s inclusive economic development plans and strong global reach.
Under the leadership of the Communist Party of China, the country sees development as the right of all countries rather than the exclusive privilege of a few. The visionary leadership is committed to pursuing the development of China and the world and bringing benefits to all. China has made a significant contribution to the world economy with its continuous and stable development. In addition, China’s achievements in many fields have brought greater convenience to people around the world and given new impetus to the field of technological innovation in the world and the global economy.
Given the many challenges facing the world, there needs to be broader integration, not fierce rivalry or competition. The West, especially the United States, must abandon its Cold War mentality which jeopardizes global stability and peace. The United States appears to be continuing its vicious agendas through coercive actions and negative rhetoric against China. But in doing so, the United States would only lift the proverbial boulder to drop it on its own feet, because such political maneuverings cannot impact China’s irreversible global reach.
Malicious attempts to ignite conflict and demonize China are doomed to failure, as the truth will inevitably prevail over all lies. The Muslim community in Xinjiang is portrayed as mired in abysmal poverty and subject to acute injustice and severe oppression. Such allegations are baseless and mere political campaigns against a rising China, and the stories fabricated by Western media aim to defame China’s global image.
I have been to Xinjiang several times and have witnessed firsthand the development of the region over the years. The per capita income and quality of life of people in Xinjiang have improved significantly thanks to the sustainable projects implemented by the central government. And all the evidence supports the view that the central government has always treated Uyghurs and other Muslim communities with respect.
In addition, the government has introduced laws that prohibit ethnic and religious discrimination, guarantee proportional representation of all ethnic groups in government jobs, and provide legal protection for indigenous customs. Indeed, Xinjiang has become a modern society.
China has eradicated abject poverty across the country, including in Xinjiang, where a large number of jobs have been created. Consequently, the level of employment is stable.
Xinjiang’s cotton industry is expected to continue to develop. Improved farming techniques, advanced agricultural productivity mechanisms and efficient labor force are the key factors in making China the largest cotton producer and supplier in the world.
And despite fierce market competition, China will continue to use its advantages to increase cotton production and supply it to other countries. Due to China’s dynamic development policies and projects, many developing countries have affirmed their support and trust in China. Therefore, the West’s despicable attempts to sway people’s opinions with lies in order to smear a state will be met with righteous opposition on a global scale, from all who appreciate truth, justice. equality and justice.
The author is the executive director of the Pakistan Research Center for a Community with Shared Future.
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