U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo declared on Tuesday that the Chinese Communist Party （CCP）has committed “genocide” and “crimes against humanity” against Uyghurs and Muslim minorities in Xinjiang. In his statement, Pompeo condemned the CCP for imprisoning more than one million Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities in Xinjiang and forcing them to work, sterilize, and restricting their religious freedom, etc.
The news has triggered a fierce retort from the CCP. The CCP blocked its embassy’s website in the U.S. almost immediately, then framed the U.S. as the origin of the virus and unleashed sanctions against 28 U.S. officials, including Pompeo and Health Secretary Azar, as well as other members of the Trump administration.
This has been the toughest approach taken by the U.S. over Xinjiang
The crimes committed by the CCP against the Uighurs in Xinjiang have long been condemned by the international community, especially the mass illegal imprisonment, forced labor, religious extermination, and forced sterilization.
According to the definition of the United Nations Genocide Convention, genocide means “acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnic, racial or religious group”. The U.S. now becomes the first country in the world to have come forward and openly accused the CCP of genocide over its treatment of Uyghurs in Xinjiang and labelled the CCP’s act as “crimes against humanity”. To date, this has been the toughest stand taken by any country on the issue of Xinjiang.
Crimes against humanity were first applied to the trial of war criminals after World War II. At that time, crimes against humanity were classified as category C crimes. Since 2002, eight heads of state have been convicted of “crimes against humanity” and sentenced to death, life imprisonment and other capital punishment.
Then, how Mike Pompeo’s determination of ‘genocide’ could have a ripple effect?
Impacts within the United States
First, it provides an uneqivical basis for the U.S. justice department to arrest and prosecute the traitors, and evil forces who are in deep collusion with the CCP.
For example all those American high-tech giants, silicon valley oligarchs, mainstream media and social media. When America and the entire humanity are at the deadly crossroads, facing the biggest threat of their lifetime, these “domestic enemies” are still busy selling out America. They betrayed the American value, American spirit, and the Constitution for personal gain. All of these individuals and corporations have been partners in crime with the CCP, with no exception. Pompeo charges the CCP with crimes against humanity and genocide, means that all individuals and groups who have interests with the CCP can be considered as accomplices, providing a clear and sound legal ground for arresting the enemies inside the country.
Also, the CCP’s atrocious genocidal policies towards minority groups in Xinjiang and Tibet over the past decades have been heavily criticized by the public in Western countries. This formal recognition is firmly inline with the opinion of the people.
In a statement on the 19th, Pompeo said: “We will not remain silent. If the CCP is allowed to commit genocide and crimes against humanity against its own people, imagine what it will be emboldened to do to the free world.”
These words should be a great wake-up call to all American people and people with conscience and integrity around the world to stand united in the battle for justice against the CCP.
The impact within the CCP regime
On March 17, 2016, U.S. Secretary of State John. Kerry declared Islamic State of genocide in Iraq and Syria. Kerry said the Islamic State (IS) has committed genocide against groups in areas under its control including Yazidis, Christians and Shia Muslims. This is the first time in more than a decade that the United States has declared genocide. He also said: “the Islamic State is also responsible for crimes against humanity and ethnic cleansing, directed at these same groups and in some cases also against Sunni Muslims, Kurds and other minorities.”
In response to this large-scale genocide, President Trump signed the famous “Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act of 2019” (the Caesar Act) in December 2019. The U.S imposed severe economic sanctions against the Assad regime in Syria and its foreign supporters for the brutal crimes they have committed against the Syrian people. The first round of sanctions involved Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, his wife, other related figures and 39 entities.
“Caesar” is a pseudonym for a former forensic doctor who served under the Assad regime. Working as a Syrian military, he managed to save more than 55,000 horrifying photographs that document tortures and human rights violations in Assad regime’s prisons, and subsequently smuggled the proof of genocide out of Syria when he defected in 2013.
U.S. senators introduced the bill in 2016 to “stop the mass killing of the Syrian people, encourage a negotiated peace settlement, and try Syrian human rights violators for their crimes.”
The bill was passed by the U.S. Congress in December 2019 after deliberation.
It is foreseeable that Secretary Pompeo’s characterization of the CCP falls precisely within the framework of the Caesar Act. As a result, the CCP may have the following implications internally.
1. Economic sanctions would immediately cut the CCP off from its blood transfusion channels. The CCP was only able to commit evil brutal deeds over the past many years because it is in a position to reap what 1.4 billion people (so-called “leeks”) sow with their sweat and blood. With the infinite supply of the hard-earned dollars generated by the grassroots in China, the CCP sought to vigorously paint the rest of the world in communist red through grant of money and powers, bribes and honey traps to recruit accomplices worldwide, and form alliances with the global dark forces. As such, the CCP must continue to squeeze further from a greater mass in order to pump more blood supply into this central machine. If this blood transfusion mechanism that the CCP relies upon to dominate the world is disconnected, the CCP’s downfall will be imminent.
2. Accelerating the extent of internal conflict and division within the CCP. Under intense external pressure, certain internal forces will definitely come forward and yield to the US camp, in order to save themselves from being completely destroyed by the inevitable collapse of the CCP regime, and to secure their family’ interests to prevent their decades of extortionate wealth from perishing.
It can be envisaged that due to the overwhelming public support, even Biden is unlikely to repeal the Caesar Act or ignore the nature of CCP’s “genocide” and “crimes against humanity” as determined by Secretary Pompeo.
Impact on the International level
Secretary Pompeo’s statement on January 19 urged all international bodies and relevant jurisdictions to join the United States in holding the perpetrators of these crimes accountable. He said the U.S. State Department will continue to investigate and collect evidence, and to the extent permitted by law, make the relevant materials available to the international community.
It is worth nothing that even Secretary Pompeo mentioned that the U.S. State Department will continue to gather relevant information, the fact is that as of today, the evidence on the heinous crimes against humanity committed by the CCP against Xinjiang, Tibet and other ethnic groups is already overwhelming. Because our courageous fellow fighters of the Whistleblowers’ Movement alone have provided countless irrefutable evidence over the years, far more than the Syrian Caesar case.
Previously, the European Union, the United Kingdom, Australia, and other countries have repeatedly condemned the Chinese Communist Party’s Xinjiang policy. To add further pressure to the CCP, it is expected that these countries may consider following the U.S’s footstep in designating a “genocide” and “crimes against humanity” are being committed by the CCP.
The Trump administration previously sanctioned several Chinese Communist Party officials and entities for human rights violations in Xinjiang. Further, several days ago, it announced a halt to cotton and tomato imports from Xinjiang. Xinjiang is a vital cotton-producing region, and this ban will severely impact the global supply chain.
However, this is far from enough. There is still a long way to claim victory if we do not promptly cut off all the blood transfusion channels from the CCP and strike brazing blows against the CCP’s highest-ranking members in the days to come.
(The content of the article represents the author’s personal opinion)