According to China, think tank reports on the drop in fertility rates in Uyghurs are falling.

According to China, think tank reports on the drop in fertility rates in Uyghurs are falling.


China’s foreign ministry said Thursday that a report by an Australian think tank citing coercive policies stemming from a sharp drop in Uyghur birth rates was aimed at “fabricating data and falsifying the facts.”

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China’s foreign ministry said Thursday that a report by an Australian think tank citing coercive policies stemming from a sharp drop in Uyghur birth rates was aimed at “fabricating data and falsifying the facts.”

The Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) report, citing official Chinese data, said in a report released Wednesday that there has been “an unprecedented and steep decline in official birth rates in Xinjiang since 2017, when China launched a birth control campaign “I have given prices in the region.

The birth rate in Xinjiang fell by almost half from 2017 to 2019, and counties where the population consisted mostly of Uyghurs or other minorities saw the decline much more sharply than in other counties, according to the government-funded institute in the report.

ASPI “fabricates data and skews facts,” said Hua Chunying, China’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, at a daily press conference in Beijing on Thursday. Xinjiang’s Uighur population grew faster than the Han’s between 2010 and 2018, and Xinjiang’s birth control does not target a single ethnic minority, she said.

Western states and rights groups accuse the Xinjiang authorities of arresting and torturing Uyghurs and other minorities in camps. Beijing denies the allegations and describes the camps as vocational training institutions to combat religious extremism.

The United States, Germany and Britain clashed with China at the United Nations on Wednesday over the treatment of Uyghurs and angered Beijing by hosting a virtual event that China had urged UN member states to stay away from.

In a communication to UN member states last week, China’s UN mission dismissed the allegations as “lies and false accusations” and accused the organizers of “obsession with provoking a confrontation with China”.

(With contributions from agencies)

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