Washington has been increasingly trigger-happy when it comes to interfering in China's internal affairs.
Following their recent flagrant interferences in China's Hong Kong, China hawks in Washington are making waves regarding Xinjiang. The U.S. Department of Commerce on Monday added some Chinese entities to its sanctions list. On Tuesday, the U.S. State Department announced visa restrictions on some Chinese officials.
For years, some politicians in Washington have been bent on weaving stories about Xinjiang, while turning a blind eye to the fact that China's policies in the area have achieved remarkable results in maintaining stability and prosperity in that region.
Quite different from what these politicians have been peddling around, the most urgent issue in Xinjiang is not about religion or human rights, but rather about combatting extremism and terrorism.
This is exactly what the Chinese government has been doing. By referring to the UN Plan of Action to Prevent Violent Extremism, China has been taking effective measures to prevent extremism and terrorism at their root in Xinjiang, which are consistent with Chinese laws and common approaches adopted by other countries.
With these policies and measures, Xinjiang's social stability and security have been significantly improved, and it has not seen a single violent terrorist act in the past three years.
Washington's real motive behind these getting-tough-on-China moves has never been about human rights, but rather about hindering China's development while pretending to claim the high moral ground.
Washington's ban on these Chinese entities has also clearly exposed its hegemonic way of thinking. As the world's most powerful country, it always views itself as "the world's policeman," trampling on the authority of international law and exercising long-arm jurisdiction with unilateral sanctions as it sees fit.
It is high time for those China hawks in Washington to stop interfering in China's domestic issues. And Beijing will take every necessary measure to safeguard its vital interests.