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Chinese Embassy Spokesperson's Remarks on DN's Article About China
2018/08/17

Recently, the DN published a Ledare editorial that calls China “dictatorship” and “authoritarian” and groundlessly accuses China of “persecuting the Uyghur population in Xinjiang” and “monitoring and controlling its people”. The editorial is based on bias and assumptions rather than facts. It is a misleading article that runs totally contrary to the facts, which is unacceptable. The Embassy has sent a letter to DN to express firm opposition, and presents China’s positions as follows:

In China, all power belongs to the people and the people enjoy socialist democracy. The National People’s Congress is the highest organ of state power. The Communist Party of China (CPC) is the governing party and eight political parties participate in the discussion and management of state affairs, and they together form the multi-party cooperation and political consultation system. Socialist democracy in China is the most effective in terms of delivering the most extensive and tangible benefits to the people. In the past 70 years since the founding of the PRC, especially in the last 40 years since reform and opening-up, China has been recognized by the world for its development, significant improvement of people’s living standards and protection of all rights and interests of its people. Such achievements prove that China’s development path is the right one that has advanced advantages and strong vitality.

China is a country of rule of law, and its governance in all social affairs is law-based. It is a common practice around the world to establish a social credit system. China’s social credit system drew successful experience from over 60 countries around the world. In China, the privacy of citizens is protected under the law and there are also laws and regulations that ensure lawful use of personal information of individuals. The claim that “China monitors and controls its people through the credit system” has no ground at all. In fact, it is some Western countries who have the most advanced data and information technology that have been carrying out massive surveillance over their citizens and other countries.

Lasting stability and security in Xinjiang is what all ethnic groups in Xinjiang call for, as it is in their fundamental interest. It is also what the Chinese Government relentlessly works for. Now, Xinjiang has overall stability, economic development and prosperity and strengthening unity among different ethnic groups. In accordance with China’s Counter-terrorism Law and Criminal Law, the Chinese government took measures to combat terrorism and other crimes and maintain stability. These measures were legitimate and in compliance with the law. They are supported by all ethnic groups in Xinjiang as they protect people’s rights and interests and peaceful life. Some Western media, without ever visiting Xinjiang, cast a smear on China with total fabrications and even propagate for terrorists, which we firmly oppose.

The world is diverse, so are the ways to establish and develop democracy. There is no “one-size-fits-all” democratic model and nor should one be limited to a “black-or-white” mentality. There are no identical political systems, and one should not judge a political system without considering the country’s social and political conditions, history, culture and traditions. The path of socialism with Chinese characteristics suits China’s national conditions and fundamental interests of the people. China will never impose its will on others, nor will it allow others to impose their will on China. Chinese culture has always valued harmony, inclusiveness and respect for differences. We hope certain Swedish individuals will discard ideological bias, outdated cold war mentality, childish arrogance and the antiquated practice of lecturing others. They should acknowledge and respect differences, embrace an inclusive spirit of mutual learning, and join the efforts around the world to build a community with a shared future for mankind. We are ready to have face-to-face communication with DN. We also welcome Swedish friends to visit China to deepen mutual understanding and strengthen friendly cooperation. It is not advisable to lock oneself up in old thinking and make groundless suspicions and accusations against China, as it will only make one fall behind the course of history.

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