Let’s call a spade a spade and not beat around the bush – the US and Western black propaganda pressure on the Xinjiang issue is a continuing effort to destabilize that part of China that the central government has successfully developed to elevate the educational level of the population and provide increasingly lucrative jobs and livelihoods to its Uyghur population.
The more successful China is, as it has increasingly been so in the past decade in particular, the more intense the US and its Western allies will campaign to blacken the picture there and try to drown out the good news from China’s Xinjiang province with deafening mega-loudspeakers repeating the lies and calumnies against China, Xinjiang and the Uyghur population.
What do we hear from the Western media platforms where these megaphones are mounted? Concentration camps, depo-genocide of both physical and cultural nature, forced labor, torture, rape, with outright sources that feed fake news and info but which, fortunately, Chinese news venues like Global Times and CGTN has exposed regular with facts and personal interviews of alleged “victims” who turn out to be really happy Uyghurs benefitting from development.
Two weeks ago, another of the torrent of anti-China, anti-Xinjiang blitzes spread throughout international media, and of course they end up in our local media outlets. One item also appeared here in our news site SovereignPH.com which I felt obliged to investigate and examine. I have found out some interesting things about the source of the so-called report, the Newlines Institute for Strategy and Policy (NISP) established in 2019.
Some striking things about the institute and its founder are: 1) the founder Admed Alwani, a U.S. immigrant, has been a member of the advisory board of the U.S. military’s Africa Command, 2) a review of the output of the institute reveal as continuous anti-Russia, anti-Iran and anti-China thread which qualifies this institute as a bona fide operation of the U.S. State Department.
I am not saying that it is for obviously they had such things, but what quacks like a duck is a duck.
Think-Tanks are a dime-a-dozen in the Metro Washington DC area, comprising the District of Columbia, Suburban Maryland and Northern Virginia. There are more than 400 of them, and Newslines Institute is definitely not in the first 400.
It started in 2016 as the Center for Global Policy (CGP) in 2016 with a vision to advance global security, stability, and prosperity through cutting-edge research and analysis, with a particular focus on the geopolitics of the Muslim worldto enhance the quality of the U.S. foreign policy conversation but with a prequalification – to guide decision makers in securing U.S. national interests
After only five years, CGP acquired a new name – Newslines. It is also an adjunct of the Fairfax University of America with no bigger campus than two three-storey buildings near the Fairfax government center.
The SovereignPH.com report appearing March 9, 2021 entitled “Report shows China’s treatment of Uighurs violates UN genocide convention”, and why the report by a two-years old institute with no significant track record and with only a nondescript line up of talents is given such significance by publishing it challenges the imagination.
The report claims that China “has breached each of those five provisions under Article II of the genocide convention”, and what are these provisions?
According to the convention, genocide is committed in one of five ways: killing members of the group; causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group; deliberately inflicting group conditions of life to bring about physical destruction; imposing measures to prevent birth; and forcibly transferring children from the group to another.”
The report cites zero cases to buttress its allegations, just ad hominem to rile up any gullible reader with some emotional proclivities.
It is actually very easy to dump these allegations that are repeated by the US and Western politicians and press incessantly with the hard and undisputed facts about Xinjiang from the past decade (and the Western media just skirts them and bark, bark and bark hoping nobody else notices the facts being presented).
The people of Xinjiang are predominantly Uyghurs. The Uyghurs are ethnically Turkmen. But China will never give up Xinjiang because it is a melting pot of Turkish Uyghurs as well as Han Chinese cultures. It also serves as China’s security buffer on the northwest.
The Turkmen’s interest in China is as old as its conflict with the Mongols (that ruled China) from the east, and the Byzantine Crusades that threatened their lands from the West. Driven by the breakup of the Soviet empire, the return of Uyghur mujahideens from Afghanistan and emergence of independent Muslim states in Central Asia, Turkey wished to expand its influence from Turkey through Central Asia to Xinjiang.
Separatism was spearheaded by Uighur nationalists in the center and north and Uighur Salafists in the southwest. Despite efforts by Beijing and Xinjiang governments to dismantle the underground Salafi infrastructure, ideological and operational threat persisted and grew.
Terrorism in Xinjiang was fueled by segments of the Turkish government that actively and tacitly supported unity moves by the divided Uighur migrant and diaspora organizations outside Xinjiang and as far as Munich, Dubai and Penshawar up to the 1990s with support from not just from governmental and non-governmental sourcing but also crime.
Today we hear Uyghur separatists complain of Turkey abandoning their cause in the face of recent remarkable development of the region and rapidly-growing diplomatic relations with China.
So, let’s look at Xinjiang’s economic, population, education, livelihood and other statistics that can demonstrate in terms of objective facts the state of life in Xinjiang over the years.
Xinjiang population from 2010 to 2018, permanent residents of Xinjiang increased from 21.8158 million to 24.8676 million or 3.0518 million, 13.99% increase.
The population of ethnic minorities increased from 12.9859 million to 15.8608 million, by 2.8749 million or 22.14%; the Uygur population increased from 10.1715 million to 12.7184 million increasing by 2.5469 million or 25.04%; and Han Chinese ethnic group increased from 8.8299 million to 9.0068 million or by only 176,900 or 2.0%.
There’s no way the statistics can be interpreted as genocide against the Uyghur population, in the same way that Xinjiang’s economic rise can’t be interpreted as oppression.
In 2009, a riot instigated by well-known separatists, killed 197 people, mostly Han Chinese. Instead of simple punitive operations Beijing initiated massive development and livelihood projects, ranging from mass educational and vocational training simultaneous with tourism and economic development.
The Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region has since 2014 been connected by bullet train to the rest of China. It took only 3 years to build and is already changing people’s way of life in northwest China’s and boosting the region’s economic potential.
It has abolished poverty in the region and if you visit Xinjiang you will be surprised on how progressive it has become when compared to its impoverished neighboring Turkish states.
The Turkish government knows China will never give up Xinjiang because it is a melting pot of Turkish Uyghurs as well as Han Chinese cultures. It is presently an autonomous region of China that serves as its security buffer on the northwest and China will do everything to orient those within its borders to the socialist ways with Chinese characteristics.
The fact is Xinjiang was never left behind even at the start of the 1949 victor of the Revolution, Xinjiang GDP rose from 791 million yuan in 1952 to 1.22 trillion yuan in 2018, an average annual growth of 8.3%.
In tourism, Xinjiang received more than 150 million domestic and foreign tourists in 2018 but just in the first 10 months of 2019 before the pandemic it received 200-milioni tourists. One can’t develop tourism if communication with tourist is limited, thence education was a vital component.
I chose the language education as part of the overall education and vocational training of the Uyghurs and other ethnic minorities in Xinjiang as a focal point because its nexus with the economic prospects of the Uyghur population is essential, as in communicating and selling to tourists both in Mandarin and English. What the West keeps lying about as “concentration camps” are empowering Uyghurs with language and other skills to earn livelihoods in the real world.
What the West would rather see is the Uyghur population kept in poverty and ignorance, speaking only Uyghur without other language skills, hence unable to interact with other cultures, and kept in poverty thence easy to recruit into radicalism.
We have seen this US opportunism in many other ethnic minority cultures in the world. Some Uyghurs have been recruited to ISIS and are now fighting with the terror groups in Syria.
Cotton being one of the major exports of the province, there are also recycled allegations of “forced labor” in the cotton fields of Xinjiang, with intended absence of updates pertaining to huge cotton-picking mobile machineries that are now used to make the produce of Xinjiang’s cotton field plantations most economical and of the highest quality now dominating the world market.
In November of 2020 Xinjiang announced it had lifted its last 10 counties out of the poverty line, this couldn’t and wouldn’t be possible if the central government of China were not pursuing a policy of social and economic development of its Westernmost region as part of the 21st Century “peaceful rise” of China.
It is the reason why 60 countries in the UN General Assembly, almost half of which are Islamic countries, have spoken out in support of China’s Xinjiang policies.