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BEIJING, May 31 (Xinhua) -- Chinese academics have lashed out at recent allegations made by the U.S. Congress regarding a range of China-related issues, asserting that the purpose of spreading disinformation is simply to contain China and maintain U.S. hegemony.

The House Select Committee on Strategic Competition between the United States and the Chinese Communist Party, a new U.S. congressional committee established earlier this year, launched a hearing on "the threat of the Chinese Communist Party to the U.S.," and approved two reports that expressed the so-called concerns over human rights in Xinjiang and the Taiwan question in the past few months.

The bipartisan committee has no authority to take legislative action but can submit policy recommendations concerning the status of the economic, technological, and security progress of the Communist Party of China and its competition with the United States, according to the congress website.

The so-called "genocide" in Xinjiang is a lie cooked up by anti-China forces represented by the anti-China German scholar Adrian Zenz, a member of the far-right group "Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation" sponsored by the U.S. government. U.S. politicians including then Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during the Trump administration pitched in to whip up the "genocide" accusation.

The Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948, provides a clear definition of genocide, but no evidence of the so-called "genocide" can be found in Xinjiang. On the contrary, with stability prevailing in the region, local people live and work in peace and harmony, and the lawful rights and interests of people from all ethnic backgrounds have been effectively safeguarded, said Dai Ruijun, a research fellow on public international law and international human rights law at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.

"The United States continues to fabricate groundless allegations, including claims of forced labor and genocide, to further its political agenda of using Xinjiang to contain China. Its essence is to contain and suppress China's development and maintain U.S. hegemony," Dai said.

In recent years, over 2,000 people from more than 100 countries, including experts, scholars, journalists, diplomats and religious figures, have visited Xinjiang, witnessing the unity, harmony and happiness of people of all ethnic groups in Xinjiang, in sharp contrast to the U.S. narrative.

As the United States views China as a competitor, pretexts that can be used to slander China, including human rights and technology sanctions, are linked to meet the needs of different anti-China forces, said Zhang Tengjun, deputy director of the Department for Asia-Pacific Studies of the China Institute of International Studies.

Earlier in May, Mike Gallagher, the U.S. committee's chairman, said that the U.S. Commerce Department should impose trade curbs on Chinese memory chip maker Changxin Memory Technologies (CXMT), according to media reports.

Imposing sanctions on technology companies and suppressing them in the name of national security is simply generalizing national security. The intent is to suppress China's high-tech industry and serve the strategic competition of the United States against China. China's transformation from a technology laggard to a leader, to some extent, is perceived by the United States as a zero-sum game, which has resulted in the erosion of its own technological dominance, Zhang said.

Regarding the Taiwan question, the academics noted that the one-China principle is a universal consensus of the international community and a basic norm in international relations, and constitutes the precondition and foundation for China and the United States to establish and develop diplomatic relations.

They voiced their objections to the committee's policy recommendations concerning Taiwan, purportedly involving enhancements in joint military training between the United States and Taiwan, expediting the delivery of approved weapons sales, and strengthening U.S. bases in the region.

The House passed an act in March that "requires the Department of State to take actions to stop China from being classified as a developing country by international organizations."

If China were to lose its developing country status and be treated as a developed country, certain industries within China would face disadvantages in conducting business with the United States, whereas the United States would potentially gain an advantage in its trade dealings with China, Zhang said.

"The debate regarding China's status as a developing country is mainly hyped in the United States, while there is limited discussion on this matter globally. The United States wants this issue to be discussed on the international stage, including in the WTO, in order to place China in a disadvantageous position," Zhang added.

China's per capita GDP in 2022 was 12,741 U.S. dollars, or one-fifth of that of advanced economies and only one-sixth of that of the United States. China's status as a developing country is recognized by WTO mechanisms and international agreements and has been accepted by the vast majority of the international community.

Relevant U.S. institutions and individuals should develop an objective and rational perception of China and U.S.-China relations, stop framing China as a threat based on disinformation, and stop trying to score political points at the expense of U.S.-China relations, the experts said.

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