“Xinjiang Daily”, the official propaganda media outlet of the regional government, reported from the press conference on Xinjiang’s foreign trade situation in the first half of the year held by the Information Office of the People’s Government of the Autonomous Region on the 21st that in the first half of the year, the total value of Xinjiang’s foreign trade imports and exports “reached 149.62 billion yuan, a year-on-year increase of 65.2%, and the growth rate of imports and exports was 63.1 percentage points higher than the national growth rate. The total value of Xinjiang’s foreign trade hit a new high in the same period in ten years.”
This report comes amidst multiple indications that the Chinese national economy is facing significant challenges.
Uyghur Times cannot independently verify the accuracy of the data published by the Xinjiang authorities. It is worth noting that the regional government has lost credibility on almost everything, as it has been lying about its genocidal policies, labeling them as counter-terrorism and deradicalization practices.
The Xinjiang Dayil said: “The scale of foreign trade in 10 prefectures and cities in Xinjiang has grown significantly. The import and export value of southern Xinjiang increased by 100.6%, accounting for 30.7% of Xinjiang’s total foreign trade import and export value during the same period, an increase of 5.4 percentage points over the same period last year. The scale of import and export trade in Urumqi continued to rank first in Xinjiang.”
“Xinjiang, China has trade with 165 countries and regions around the world, and its import and export value with the five Central Asian countries increased by 75.1%, accounting for 80%. The value of imports and exports to countries along the “Belt and Road” increased by 68.2%, the value of imports and exports to other members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization increased by 75.9%, and the value of imports and exports to the EU increased by 14.8%.”
The Chinese government has been accused of committing genocide against the Uyghur people and enslaving them with forced labor. The United States has a federal law aimed at changing U.S. policy on China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, with the goal of ensuring that American entities do not fund forced labor among ethnic minorities in the region.