Interviewed by Sonia Mabrouk, Lu Shaye, Chinese Ambassador to France, returned to China’s accusations of oppression against the Uyghurs. The ambassador denounces the “lies” of the press following the revelation of the “Xinjiang Police Files”, a hacking of Chinese public security documents which attest to the violent repression of the Uyghurs by Beijing.
Lu Shaye, Chinese Ambassador to France, is the guest of Sonia Mabrouk this Friday, May 27. He notably returned to the question of the repression of the Uyghur minority in China, in Xinjang. For several years, the fate reserved for this Muslim minority has worried the international community and human rights activists. In March 2021, United Nations human rights experts expressed “deep concern” over allegations of detention and forced labor of Uyghur Muslims in China.
Earlier this week, the French daily “Le Monde” and thirteen other international media published the “Xinjiang Police Files”, a hack of 100,000 Chinese public security documents that attest to the violent repression of Uyghurs in “training centers professional”‘ of the Beijing regime during the years 2017 and 2018.
Asked about these revelations, the ambassador declared that the documents revealed by the press are “lies”. He also denounces documents obtained “by hacking and cyber-espionage”.
“Witnesses more than actors”
Lu Shaye also called for a verification of “the veracity of the documents”. According to him, China has invited “over the past two years thousands of journalists, politicians and diplomats from about 100 countries to visit Xinjiang. We have invited Western journalists who have refused to go. “.
According to the ambassador, the Uyghur witnesses who attest to a repression of their community in China are “more actors than witnesses”. “You can notice that it’s always the same people,” he said. “All the allegations made by these people are denied by the Chinese authorities.”
“The fight against terrorism”
Luc Shaye believes that the actions committed by the Chinese government against the Uyghurs are part of “the fight against terrorism”. “From the 1990s to 2016, for more than twenty years, China faced thousands of terrorist attacks that resulted in hundreds of deaths, thousands of injuries. With the measures adopted by the government, there is no no terrorist attacks have taken place. This is a very welcome situation for the local population”.