The human rights violations by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in Xinjiang has been a topic widely discussed across the Western world. Despite widespread concern on the human rights of the Uighurs, there is little action done over the years in stopping the continual torture and abuses.
This is beginning to change. According to an AP article, the Trump Administration has taken the lead to ban on imports of cotton and tomato products from Xinjiang. It is probably the strongest action taken so far by a Western country in response to the CCP’s abuse of human rights in Xinjiang, by targeting their money bag.
When the news was announced this week, the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lijian Zhao responded to the ban by the usual finger pointing. He lashed out criticism such as “The so-called forced labor issue is a lie of the century fabricated out of thin air”, “We urge the U.S. side to respect facts…, and stop interfering in China’s internal affairs “ and Beijing would “safeguard its interests and dignity”.
And the reality?
The fact is the CCP has been controlling its people in many ways in the name of “stability” of the country, because they know that the people hate them. The worst fear of the CCP is that the 1.4 billion suppressed people would start a revolution to take down the regime.
Since 2005, a mass surveillance system “Skynet” has been created with hundreds and thousands of surveillance cameras installed at every corner of the streets to spy on the Chinese people. These surveillance systems are also used to monitor and control the minority race in China including the Uighurs in Xinjiang.
In addition, there have been reports about the Uighurs are being taken away from their usual life to learn Communist doctrine in “vocational training camps” and are forced to do labor work . Photos and videos revealed high security buildings located in Xinjiang that were used to run those training camps.
Testimonies from Uighurs who fled from detention confirmed the torture and trauma they experienced, proving without a doubt that the Chinese Communist Party is carrying out racial cleansing in Xinjiang. In other words, Beijing’s denial is just another lie.
The import ban is a step in the right direction, but not nearly sufficient as a proportionate response to the CCP’s crimes in Xinjiang. With all the breaches of international agreements, Beijing has lost all credibility. The rest of the world should follow US State Secretary Mike Pompeo’s approach, which is to adopt a “distrust and verify” attitude towards the CCP.
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