Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Geng Shuang's Regular Press Conference on September 20
Q: Several Chinese Uygurs living abroad say they haven't been able to contact their relatives for over a year. They fear that their family members in China may have been "segregated". Can you tell us what happened?
A: You may have missed our press conferences in recent weeks, and I already took similar questions.
I'm not aware of the case you mentioned. But we noted that there has been much interest in Xinjiang recently, and I could say a few words about that.
The series of measures implemented in Xinjiang are meant to improve stability, development, solidarity and people's livelihood, crack down on ethnic separatist activities and violent and terrorist crimes, safeguard national security, and protect people's life and property. Xinjiang enjoys social stability, sound economic growth and harmonious coexistence of ethnic groups. People there enjoy full freedom of religious belief.
I would like to share with you some statistics here. In 2017, the number of visitors travelling to Xinjiang from at home and abroad topped 100 million, increasing by 32.4% compared to the previous year. From January to July this year, the number hit 78.33 million, rising by 38.7%. If Xinjiang were unsafe, unstable and inharmonious, there wouldn't have been so many Chinese and foreign visitors going there. I believe this in part proves the sound situation in Xinjiang.