Beijing Review reporters have recently visited Xinjiang, recording what is happening there through photos, videos and stories to share with ours readers.
Xinjiang today has been very stable with no violent terrorist incident occurring for more than four years. Tourists all sincerely admire the great improvements in the region's security situation, all the while tasting the various foods and enjoying the wide-ranging landscape. While cracking down on brutal terrorist activities, the local government has been working to nip in the bud the infiltration of extremist religious forces through education.
Xinjiang prospers. In the first quarter of this year, the autonomous region registered a GDP growth of 12.1 percent. Back in 2020, Xinjiang eliminated absolute poverty for the first time in its history, and the region's people entered the stage of a moderately prosperous society in all respects together with the people of the rest of the country.
Xinjiang is open to the outside world. It relates to the world through a dozen border ports. Through the ports of Alataw Pass and Horgos alone pass 9,000 trains of the China-Europe Railway Express, demonstrating Xinjiang's advantages and position as a core area in the Belt and Road Initiative.
The people of Xinjiang have the freedom to choose their occupations, and it depends on their own desires as for where they want to work and what they want to do. Their personal freedom has never been restricted, nor are they forced to work. Like all Chinese people, they are equally protected by the labor laws.
People in Xinjiang have freedom of religious belief. There are 25,000 mosques or other venues for religious activities throughout the autonomous region, covering both cities and rural areas, where people are free to perform religious activities.
The cotton produced in Xinjiang is white and clean. The region contributes to more than 80 percent of China's cotton output. During cotton-picking season in September and October every year, Xinjiang will face serious shortages of manpower due to its small population. Before machine-based pickup was widely employed, workers from Shanxi, Henan, Gansu and other provinces were hired to come pick cotton in Xinjiang.
The people of Xinjiang also harbor a lot of doubts. They don't understand the Western defamation of their homeland that they have no "human rights" and "democracy," and their cotton is "black." Nor do they understand why Western politicians and media outlets clasp to the notion that a poorly developed Xinjiang is what Xinjiang should be.
We welcome you to come and see the real Xinjiang without bias. This is the true aspiration of all Xinjiang people.