OPINION | This article contains political commentary which reflects the author's opinion.
Y’all, the world is crazy right now and we Americans are pretty consumed by thoughts of our own election and our own health crisis. But did you know that right now, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is perpetrating a genocide? Last week, national security adviser Robert O’Brien said,
“if not a genocide, something close to it [is] going on in Xinjiang.”
At a British think tank, President Trump’s deputy national security adviser, Matt Pottinger, delivered a speech in Mandarin directed at the Chinese leaders and said,
“There is no credible justification I can find in Chinese philosophy, religion, or moral law for the concentration camps inside your borders,”
And it isn’t just genocide, it is crimes against humanity on a huge scale. They are systematically raping, torturing, sterilizing, and exterminating millions of Uighur (or Uyghur) Muslims, although a specific number is difficult to articulate due to the deceit and secrecy of the CCP.
Uighurs are Turkic-speaking Muslims from Xinjiang Uighur, also known as East Turkistan, on the very western side of China. As racist dictatorships do, the CCP sees the Uighur Muslims as lesser human beings and has decided to exterminate them. But that’s not what they call it, because the world is watching. So instead they say they are taking them to “re-education camps” or vocational and training centers, and that they’re teaching people job skills. They don’t like to talk about blindfolding and torturing huge groups of a particular racial minority because it looks bad.
- The women are repeatedly raped and then killed if they fight their rapists.
- They are given sterilizing injections to prevent the perpetuation of the race.
- Their organs are harvested from both the dead and those still living.
- All are subjected to physical and psychological torture—blindfolded, forced to repeatedly listen to and recite CCP propaganda against religion.
- They are not allowed to speak their native tongue.
- They are forced to participate in activities contrary to their Muslim beliefs, such as consuming forbidden foods.
The world said never again, the world lied.
It’s happening again and the world watches in silence.
Every reporter who is silent about this is complicit.
China is today’s Nazi regime. pic.twitter.com/72iq3sSUW1
— Reagan Battalion (@ReaganBattalion) July 16, 2020
For several years the CCP has implemented a program called “Pair Up and Become Family,” allegedly an effort to “promote ethnic unity”. However, the actual agenda is to closely monitor the activities of Uighur families after they have removed the men of the families and placed them in “re-education” camps. Then they “educate” the families while they live with their husbands and brothers, even sleeping in their beds with them. Families often never hear anything about the relatives who are removed and taken to the camps.
Once the internment prisoners are sufficiently compliant, they can then be purchased and moved to factories. The factories are surrounded by barbed wire and carefully monitored by video cameras and guards. After working all day, the Uighur slaves are forced to participate in Mandarin classes and “patriotic education,” and sleep in segregated dormitories.
Second video showing what the CCP is doing to China’s innocent Muslim Minority. Millions have been detained and sent to forced labour camps. Those unable to work end up losing their organs. Women are assaulted constantly. Raise your voices. #FreeUyghurs pic.twitter.com/eFpMYoaABw
— Imam of Peace🕊 (@Imamofpeace) July 19, 2020
According to a study by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI),
“The report estimates that more than 80,000 Uighurs were transferred to work in factories across China between 2017 and 2019. The period coincides with China’s campaign of mass internment of ethnic minorities in Xinjiang, which the government says is needed to root out terrorism and separatism. Some Uighurs have allegedly been placed in these factories straight from the internment camps in Xinjiang, where experts estimate more than 1.5 million members of ethnic minorities are being held.”
“Factory bosses receive cash compensations for each Uighur worker they employ. Some companies have even advertised their ability to supply Uighur workers through online bookings. One such ad, claiming to be able to supply 1,000 Uighur workers aged 16 to 18 years, read: ‘The advantages of Xinjiang workers are: semi-military style management, can withstand hardship, no loss of personnel… Minimum order 100 workers!’”
The ASPI report also detailed 27 factories across nine Chinese provinces that were using forced Uighur labor in a supply-chain network for 82 well-known global companies. Some major American brands are linked to multiple factories. Some of these companies deny a contractual link to the slave-labor factories, but the factories constitute a major part of their supply chain.
Political opponents of President Trump have accused him of condoning the actions of the CCP. However, actions speak much louder than unverified accusations. In June, President Trump signed the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act of 2020, which
“holds accountable perpetrators of human rights violations and abuses such as the systematic use of indoctrination camps, forced labor, and intrusive surveillance to eradicate the ethnic identity and religious beliefs of Uyghurs and other minorities in China”
In July, President Trump sanctioned 11 major Chinese companies for their participation in forced labor practices and human rights violations.
“Beijing actively promotes the reprehensible practice of forced labor and abusive DNA collection and analysis schemes to repress its citizens,” said @SecretaryRoss.
— U.S. Commerce Dept. (@CommerceGov) July 20, 2020
In addition to these specific actions, Ambassador O’Brien said,
“probably the biggest failure of American foreign policy over the past 40 years is how we’ve dealt with China.”
In a press briefing detailing the Administration’s focus on the Chinese threat to the America and the world, O’Brien said,
“China’s human rights violations have gotten worse and worse over the years, whether it’s the Uighurs or religious minorities, or their neighbors; the people who enjoyed democracy in Hong Kong until just recently; the bullying of Taiwan.”
President Trump rightly recognizes the inhumane practices, as well as major economic threats such as manufacturing and intellectual property theft by the Chinese Communist Party. He treats them as the threat they are, which is a sharp contrast compared to Joe Biden, who said he seeks to empower China on the global stage, even at the expense of the American economy and the rights of millions of people.