On Sunday, the State Council Information Office issued a white paper on historical issues in Xinjiang.
Listen up: The white paper points out that China is a unified multi-ethnic country and that all ethnic groups are family members of the Chinese nation.
There’s just one problem: Recently, “hostile forces” have tried to split China by deliberately distorting history!
The white paper aims to set the record straight:
“Xinjiang has long been an inseparable part of Chinese territory.”
“It has never been the so-called ‘East Turkistan.’”
The paper is at pains to point out that Islam is neither:an indigenous religion to China, northe sole belief system of the Uyghur people.But it also notes that Islam has a place in China:
“Islam, which integrates with Chinese culture, has taken root in the fertile soils of China and developed soundly.”
And in case you didn’t know:Xinjiang is actually at its best period in history.
Get smart: The Chinese government is trying to be proactive in shaping the narrative on Xinjiang. But the truth is that they don’t have a good story to tell.
China Daily: China issues white paper on historical matters concerning Xinjiang
SCMP: Uygurs in Xinjiang didn’t choose to be Muslims, China says in white paper