Chinese academic hits out at Pompeo-backed Xinjiang sterilisation report

Chinese academic hits out at Pompeo-backed Xinjiang sterilisation report

  • Associate professor disputes German researcher’s findings on points from population growth rates to penalties for family planning violations
  • Response comes as China faces international pressure on human rights on a range of fronts

A Chinese academic has countered US-backed allegations that China is using forced sterilisation against Muslims in Xinjiang, saying the claims were based on “fabricated facts” and “falsified data”.

In the most detailed response to emerge from China over findings that US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo described as “shocking” and disturbing”, Xinjiang University associate professor Lin Fangfei said the claims of forced sterilisation were seriously inconsistent with China’s official data.

Lin’s assessment, published on the university’s website on Monday, comes as China faces mounting pressure from the international community over human rights issues from Hong Kong to the far western region of Xinjiang.