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Xinjiang's ethnic harmony, economic progress make good impression on visitors


Women dressed in colorful outfits perform at the 27th Silk Road Turpan Grape Festival in Turpan, Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, Sept 3, 2018. [Photo provided to]

URUMQI - Alsayed Mahmoud Al-Sharif, first deputy speaker of Egypt's House of Representatives, meticulously wrote down his mobile phone number and gave it to the CEO of a company based in Urumqi, Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region.

"Please remember to contact me," Al-Sharif said.

He was not the only one astonished by the fully automated operation of the private company focusing on plastic foil production.

Around 200 representatives of 50 political parties from nearly 30 countries attended a meeting held on Wednesday aiming to showcase China's ethnic policy in Xinjiang.

Before the meeting, through various visits - to the grand bazaar downtown, an Islamic institute, mosques, neighborhood committees and enterprises under the Belt and Road Initiative - they were able to observe the landlocked region more directly.

Their arrival at an activity in the Guyuanxiang residential community coincided with enthusiastic dancing and singing by residents, including Uygur and Han people. One floor up, four Uygurs and two Han people were seriously discussing how to better landscape the community in the spring.

"I can tell how happy and comfortable they are from their smiling faces and hopeful expressions," said Marwan Sudah of Jordan.

He said people and media making false and biased remarks concerning China's governance of Xinjiang should face objective facts.

Chandra Prakash Mainali, chief of the Communist Party of Nepal (Marxist-Leninist), also said he was impressed by the different ethnic people's hospitality and friendship, stressing that it exceeded his expectations and imagination.

Saying he believes substantial improvement of people's livelihoods correlates with the harmonious coexistence of different ethnic groups, Peruvian Communist Party member Luis Alberto Villanueva Carbajal added, "It is not easy for China, a vast country with complex situations, to achieve both."

Last year, the per capita disposable income of Xinjiang's rural and urban residents increased by 8.4 percent and 6.5 percent, respectively.

During the meeting, Chen Quanguo, regional secretary of the Communist Party of China, said various ethnic groups in Xinjiang and others around China had fostered a community with a shared future.

Since the 18th CPC National Congress, the CPC Central Committee, with Xi Jinping as the core, has attached great importance to Xinjiang.

Chen said Xinjiang comprehensively implements the Central Committee's ethnic policy, firmly upholds ethnic unity and completely respects and protects freedom of religious belief of the people of all ethnic groups.

Emphasizing the importance of promoting high-quality development and improving people's livelihoods, Chen promised to fully implement the Central Committee's strategy for governing Xinjiang, and to strive for a united, harmonious, prosperous, culturally advanced and secure Xinjiang.

Song Tao, minister of the International Department of the Central Committee, said it is a common task for governments and political parties around the globe to properly handle ethnic relations and facilitate national unity.

Ethnic unity is the lifeline of people from all ethnic groups and a cornerstone of Xinjiang's development and progress, President Xi Jinping said when attending a panel discussion of the Xinjiang delegation at a national people's congress session in 2017, adding that it's the common will of more than 1.3 billion Chinese people.

He said that all ethnic groups in China should hold together like pomegranate seeds to achieve the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.

"As a Muslim, I am pleased to see Muslims here worshipping inside tidy mosques and Islamic institutes," said Aizaz Asif from Pakistan.

Respect for ethnic diversity and a commitment to protect ethnic tradition is what's behind China's successful ethnic policy, he added.

Three people shared their stories at the meeting, one Uygur public servant from southern Xinjiang, one official from south China's Guangdong province who came to Xinjiang to assist with economic development and one local entrepreneur who has employed people from various ethnic groups.

Hosting 150 million tourists last year - up 40 percent from 2017 - Xinjiang has witnessed enhanced security, stability and openness.

The skyscrapers and innovative enterprises demonstrate the CPC's balanced consideration of developing both coastal and inland areas, said Markovic Predrag of the Socialist Party of Serbia.

The Belt and Road Initiative has allowed Xinjiang to tap its potential and better connect with the international community, Predrag said.

Aleksei Leskin, Central Committee member of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation, agrees with this metaphor.

"Only through unity and solidarity can we become stronger," Leskin said.

Source:China Daily  Editor:Lucky

(Source_title:Xinjiang's ethnic harmony, economic progress make good impression on visitors)