“China blames incidents in Tibet and Xinjiang on separatists”

And now to balance out what might have been good news in the previous post, enjoy this brain-dead mush from Wang Ping, deputy director at the State Ethnic Affairs Commission. Look at that position and think about how much power he has… and then read what he has to say:

A senior Chinese official blamed Tibetan separatists for encouraging young people to commit suicide, noting that monks and nuns who set themselves on fire were not acting voluntarily in the autonomous region.

The official also accused separatists in another autonomous region, Xinjiang, of sabotaging political stability by attacking civilians.

Wang Ping told a group of Turkish reporters that acts of self-immolation were in fact sponsored by separatist groups operating outside of the Chinese borders. “These are involuntary actions committed at the encouragement of separatists,” he said while blaming the Western media for portraying a different picture from the reality.

“This recalls negative reporting about China during the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The Western media is not credible. They are biased in their reporting, and this upsets us,” Ping underlined.

Wang also described the violent acts perpetrated by some Uighurs, a Turkic and traditionally Muslim ethnic group, in China’s western Xinjiang autonomous region as separatist terrorist acts. “They are attacking civilians and disrupt the stability in the region,” he said. A raid on a police station, arson and a stabbing attack took place in July in Xinjiang.

Wang told Turkish reporters visiting Beijing on Friday that China is committed to protecting the equal rights of minority groups in the country, adding that ethnic minorities are exempted from the one-child birth planning policy. He also noted there is a set proportion of seats for ethnic minority representatives in legislatures as well as more investment schemes developed for minority regions.

Nice to know the minorities are in good hands!

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