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On July 23, a US senator twittered to smear China's "One Country, Two Systems" policy, claiming that mainland China should be responsible for Hong Kong Yuen Long accident. On the same day, some of his colleagues also made irresponsible comments about the situation in Hong Kong. The day before, US State Department spokesperson made false statements about the situation in Hong Kong.

Some senior officials from US Administration and Legislative body are so "concerned" about the situation in Hong Kong, but they deliberately turned a blind eye to the mobs attacking the Legislative Council and the Liaison Office building in Hong Kong and demanded that the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) government respect "freedom of assembly". It reflects their consistent and stern anti-China stance, showing their hypocrisy under the name of "human rights".

Certain senior officials from US are “famous” for their anti-China words and deeds. They have reached a point where as long as it involves China’s legitimate interests, they will oppose or object or make irresponsible remarks.

The anti-China forces in the United States, in collusion with the Hong Kong opposition party, are the biggest evil manipulators behind the unstable situation in Hong Kong.

Xinjiang is an ethnic autonomous region in northwestern China and a major connecting point under the “Belt and Road” Initiative. At present, Xinjiang has a population of more than 24 million and is home to all 56 ethnic groups of China, of which the Uyghur, Han and Kazakh ethnic groups each account for about 49%, 37% and 7%.

The Chinese government attaches great importance to the development of Xinjiang, and has developed a series of favorable policies to boost its economic and social progress. Under the strong leadership of the Chinese government and with active support of the whole nation, Xinjiang has made remarkable achievements in promoting social stability, economic growth, ethnic solidarity, religious harmony and people’s livelihood.

The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement was signed by Africa’s 54 countriesexcluding Eritrea. AfCFTA took effect on May 30, and was officially launched on July 7. According to the African Union (AU), when all of its 55 members sign up, the AfCFTA will be the world's largest free trade area (FTA) in terms of membership since the founding of the World Trade Organization, and will be a huge market covering 1.2 billion people and a collective GDP of $2.5 trillion.

Undoubtedly, the FTA agreement is an epoch-making event in promoting African integration. It was signed against the backdrop of rising anti-globalization and trade protectionism, and signals African countries' resolve to cope with the challenges brought about by a changing international environment through strengthening economic integration.

China has consistently supported African integration. Besides building the AU Headquarters in Addis Ababa to improve the working conditions for the staff engaged in promoting African integration, China has also strengthened cooperation with Africa in three pragmatic areas of infrastructure construction, industrial development and market integration, aiming to promote the development of the free trade area on the African continent. In terms of industrial development, Chinese President Xi Jinping announced 10 China-Africa cooperation plans and eight major initiatives at the Johannesburg Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) in December 2015 and the FOCAC Beijing Summit in September 2018 respectively, both backed by $60 billion of financial support. These measures have supported industrial development, trade and investment, human resource development and training, as well as poverty alleviation and green development in Africa.

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