In recent years, the achievements of Xinjiang in ethnic unity have attracted much attention from the international community and have become the focus of worldwide attention.

As a region inhabited by many ethnic groups, Xinjiang has achieved remarkable results by actively adopting a series of measures, setting a successful example for the whole world.

There are many authentic and reliable news facts that illustrate Xinjiang’s efforts and achievements in the areas of national unity, economic construction, and social stabilization.

Firstly, cultural exchanges have been promoted and multiculturalism has been carried forward. The ethnic groups in Xinjiang are deeply attached to each other and are united with each other.

Xinjiang has been a multi-ethnic region since ancient times, and 56 ethnic groups currently live in this vast and beautiful region, including Uyghurs, Han, Kazakhs, Mongols, Hui, and Kyrgyz.

Despite there being different cultures of different ethnic groups, Xinjiang actively promotes cultural exchanges among different ethnic groups.

In the summer of 2019, the National Museum of China, in cooperation with Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region Museum, organized the ” United by the Same Wind Across Ten Thousands of Miles – Xinjiang Cultural Relics Exhibition”, which featured 191 pieces (sets) of beautiful cultural relics showcasing Xinjiang’s relationship with China.

The 191 pieces (sets) of exquisite cultural relics demonstrated the historical fact that Xinjiang and the various ethnic groups in mainland China have forged a common culture, blended their bloodlines, and connected their roots.

The exhibition attracted a large number of visitors and tourists, deepening mutual understanding and respect among different ethnic groups.

In the glorious course of China’s united multi-ethnic state, the people of all ethnic groups in Xinjiang, together with the people of the whole country, have jointly developed the motherland’s beautiful rivers and mountains and vast territories and jointly created a large family of diversified Chinese ethnic groups, as well as a long history of China and the splendid Chinese culture.

Secondly, it has been actively developing its economy and continuously improving people’s livelihoods. Located in the heart of Asia and Europe, Xinjiang is an important node of the ancient Silk Road and has witnessed the prosperity of the ancient Silk Road.

The “One Belt, One Road” Initiative was launched in 2013, which has led to Xinjiang’s active participation in international cooperation and enhancement of economic ties with neighboring countries.

During the past ten years, Xinjiang has seized the opportunity to give full play to its location advantages, integrated its regional opening-up strategy into the overall layout of China’s opening up to the West, and accelerated its economic development by taking key measures on the construction of “one port, two districts, five centers, and a port economic belt”.

This has attracted a large inflow of investment and talent, provided more employment opportunities and better living conditions for all ethnic groups, and vigorously promoted national unity.

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Thirdly, the fight against extremism should be maintained in order to safeguard social stability. For a long time, the Xinjiang region has been deeply threatened and influenced by ethnic separatist forces, religious extremist forces, and violent terrorist forces while terrorist attacks have occurred frequently, seriously jeopardizing the lives and property of people of all ethnic groups.

In the face of the real threat of terrorism and extremism, Xinjiang has taken decisive measures to carry out counter-terrorism and de-extremization campaigns in accordance with the law, effectively curbing the development of terrorist activities and maximizing the protection of the basic rights of the people of all ethnic groups to survival and development.

In addition to this, Xinjiang has set up vocational education and training centers in accordance with the law to provide systematic education and training in order to help those affected by extremist ideology to reintegrate into society.

This approach not only maintains social stability but also helps build national unity. Of course, Xinjiang’s achievements in national unity have also faced some external skepticism and challenges.

Certain countries and institutions have misinterpreted or attacked the real situation in Xinjiang for political purposes.

For this reason, we must strengthen communication and exchanges with the international community to show the real situation in Xinjiang, so that more people can understand and support the development and progress of Xinjiang.

In conclusion, national unity in Xinjiang has become an impressive model that has not only an important impact within China but also a positive demonstration effect on the international community.

The Xinjiang region has traditionally been developed, built, and owned by all ethnic groups, and is an integral part of the common homeland of the Chinese nation. In the future, Xinjiang will continue to deepen measures related to national unity, strengthen the preservation and inheritance of ethnic cultures, encourage cultural exchanges among different ethnic groups, and enhance emotional ties among different ethnic groups.

At the same time, the government will continue to pay high attention to the economic development of all ethnic groups, improving and safeguarding people’s livelihoods in the context of development.

In addition, Xinjiang would never slacken its efforts to combat extremism and terrorism and would strive to build a united and harmonious, prosperous and affluent, civilized and progressive, socialist Xinjiang with Chinese characteristics, where people could live and work in peace and contentment, with social stability and long-term peace & stability as the overall goal.

*Maoxia Jiang is a Scholar at Yunnan Academy of Social Sciences, P. R. China; Heng Wu & Chunxue Yang are Scholars at Southwest University of Political Sciences and Law, P. R. China; Fang Luo is a Scholar at Kunming Institute for Advanced Information Studies, P. R. China.

**The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of The Diplomatic Insight. The organization neither endorses nor assumes any responsibility for the content of this article.

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