Source: CGTN Published: 2021-05-23
Xinjiang is rarely out of the news these days, as many international media continue to allege rights abuses in the Chinese autonomous region. But after visiting Xinjiang, experts and officials from both China and across the world say they are stunned by its rapid socio-economic development. Officials and experts have shared their views on the latest developments in Xinjiang, at a forum held by the China Public Diplomacy Association. The gathering, held in Kashgar, comes after participants wrapped up a week-long tour of Xinjiang. They acknowledged the effectiveness of measures to tackle extremism and end poverty in the region. They also called for the global community to develop a clearer understanding of how Uyghurs are treated there.
PROF. WANG DONG Executive Director of Institute for Global Cooperation and Understanding Peking University "As we all know, poverty is really one of the key sources of radicalism. So the first thing China does is to lift people out of poverty. The government here is working extremely hard to try to create jobs and develop the economy."
DJOOMART KAIPOVICH OTORBAEV Former Prime Minister of Kyrgyz Republic "But then I am observing what is happening in Urumqi. Xinjiang's development is very very unique."
Djoomart Otorbaev is former prime minister of Kyrgyzstan and now a non-resdient senior researcher at Chongyang Institution for Financial Studies at Renmin University of China(RDCY).
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