What do we have in common?
Martin Sinclair Edmonton Alberta Hainan China
Somebody has to speak up about all this bullshit. Watch and learn the truth. This is all an attempt by the west to make China out to be an evil criminal so that when USA goes to war with them, they will be seen as FREEING the enslaved people and citizens will be behind them.
Excerpts from Graham Perry's 36 page report on Xinjiang, below. For the full report check out the link below to his website.
UIGHUR TERRORISM Political challenge focused on the creation of an East Turkistan Islamic State (ETIM). In November 1933 Mohammed Imin founded the so called “East Turkistan Islamic Republic.”. It failed but, in its wake, other organisations tried to follow the same lead which has created a fundamental conflict between Uighur Separatists/Muslim Extremists on the one hand and China on the other. That is what the dispute is about. The separatism of Islamic extremists versus the territorial integrity of China. It is for this reason that the issues are about security and not about race. China has had uppermost in its mind the need to avoid a second Chechnya; to defeat the Muslim extremists; and to protect and maintain the geographical and political “oneness” of China.
The ETIM is a Muslim separatist group founded by militant Uighurs. The US listed ETIM as a terrorist organisation in 2002 during a period of increased US-Chinese co-operation on anti-terrorism in the wake of the 9/11 Al-Qaida attacks on the Twin Towers in New York and the Pentagon. ETIM seeks an independent state called East Turkistan that would cover an area including parts of Turkey, Kazakhstan, Kryrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Pakistan, Afghanistan and the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region (XUAR). Memetuhut Memetrozi, a co-founder of ETIM, is serving a life sentence in China for his involvement in terrorist attacks. The Turkistan Islamic Party (TIP), was formed in 2006 by Uighur extremists and took credit for the bus explosions in Shanghai and Kunming in 2006. During the Spring Festival in 1992, bombs planted on buses exploded killing three and injuring twenty-three; in 1997 nine were killed in a bus bombing; in 2011 eight were killed with knives and twenty-seven injured; in 2012 terrorists used knives to kill fifteen civilians and on 1 March 2014 two Xinjiang terrorists knifed to death thirty-one people at Kunming Railway and injured one hundred and forty others.
The following month, two terrorists hid in the crowd at Urumqi Railway station, detonated a bomb in a suitcase and killed three and injured seventy-nine people. Thirty-nine victims died from a detonated bomb on 22 May 2014, and in September 2015 terrorists attacked a coalmine in Baicheng County causing sixteen deaths. Specific terrorist attacks on Islamic leaders have resulted in the deaths of four leading clerics. Incendiary devices have been placed in shopping malls and attempts to cause a mid-air flight explosions have been foiled. In 2013, Xinjiang terrorists drove a jeep carrying gasoline into Tian’anmin Square in Beijing killing two and injuring more than forty bystanders.
Further attacks on government organisations between 1996 and 2016 have led to one hundred and twenty-eight deaths and many injuries. The biggest loss of life occurred on 5 July 2009 when terrorists engineered a riot which led to one hundred and ninety-seven deaths and more than one thousand seven hundred injuries. There have been many victims – the public and the police – and property losses have been considerable. The focus of the terrorism has been in Kashgar, Hotan, and the Kizilsu Kirgiz Autonomous Prefecture in the south of Xinjiang. Normal religious activities in Xinjiang were seriously disrupted and social and economic development had suffered.
Some Muslim Uighurs joined Taliban and al-Qaida in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria and the matter came before the United Nations with the UN Security Council, US approving, referred to them as ‘Uighur ETIM terrorists’. Two UN Security Council Resolutions 1267 and 1390 – designated ETIM as a terrorist group. There is further information. On 14 July 2015, the Strait Times of Singapore reported that Uighur terrorists had landed in Indonesia and Thailand and a shrine had been bombed in Bangkok. On 11 May 2017 Reuters reported “Syria as saying that up to 5000 Chinese Uighurs are fighting in militant groups.”
XINJIANG, THE UIGHURS AND THE BELT AND ROAD INITIATIVE (BRI) Xinjiang is a strategically important province for China. In the context of the BRI, Xinjiang is the door to China’s New Silk Road linking China with Central Asia and Europe as well as Iran, the Middle East and Africa through the under-construction Gwadar Port in Pakistan. This much is apparent to the US whose withdrawal from Afghanistan has created a power vacuum leading Central Asian countries to look to China for mutual security and development - just at the time China is contending with what they call the “Three Evils” being terrorism, separatism and fundamentalism. China has also acquired a growing reputation for non-interference in the internal affairs of her trade partners. Two prominent Americans – one a diplomat and the other from the Army – have recently made relevant observations about the significance of Xinjiang; First, Charles Freeman, the former Assistant Secretary of State for Defence and, subsequently, US Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, said in a video broadcast, that approximately 3,000 Uighurs fought for ISIS and, that Uighurs were also involved in fighting the US and UK troops in Afghanistan with some of the fighters still in detention in Guantanamo Bay.
Second; Lieutenant-Colonel Wickerson, former Chief of Staff to Secretary of State Coln Powell, said the CIA has plans to encourage up to 20,000 indigenous Uighurs to fight against China in the event that hostilities break out in and around Xinjiang. These two experienced participators in the US military machine are not journalists writing a weekly column but experienced political and military people who are warning that the US has contingency plans to stir the pot and take advantage of turbulence in the region for the purpose of clipping China’s power. Additionally, it is relevant to point out that ETIM used to be classified by the US as a terrorist organisation but, recently, the US took ETIM off their terrorist list triggering speculation that the US is planning to send the former terrorists back into Xinjiang as ‘freedom fighters’ to ‘liberate the Uighurs from Chinese oppression.’ CHINA’S RESPONSE TO TERRORISM China was challenged by terrorism and decided to act. They divided the Uighurs into three groups; the first group are hard-headed terrorists who carried out the acts of violence. The second group is composed of young men who came within the orbit of influence of the terrorists especially when they were thrown together in prison when idle time enabled the terrorist message to be promoted to eager listeners. There is a third group, and numerically very superior to the first two groups, and that is the overwhelming bulk of Uighurs who enjoy a rising standard of living and have no truck with terrorism. Back to the second group - it was during this period of confinement and inactivity that the terrorists influenced some of the followers into becoming militants.
For the first group, China was unyielding and arrest, trial, conviction and either imprisonment or execution has been their lot. For the second group, a quite different approach has been taken and the focus is on vocational centres offering education and training in order to wean impressionable young minds off of extremism. This is what is described as “concentration camps” in the Western media. The thrust of China’s policy is two fold: first, to defeat the terrorists militarily and, second, at the same time, to educate and rehabilitate those responsible for less serious violations of law and order. The emphasis is on education, raising civic awareness through lectures by Judges and lawyers, vocational training including garment making, food processing, interior design and livestock breeding. There is also emphasis on a step-by-step education in laws and exposure of terrorism and religious extremism with the focus of eliminating extremism by freeing the mind. To the Western media, this is called “brainwashing”. To the Chinese, this is called “emancipation” and the process of changing the mindset of terrorist sympathizers and offering them a way back into Chinese society in Xinjiang. The rules specifically permit the use of local ethnic languages and the consumption of Muslim food but there is no teaching or encouragement of religious observance.
The rules also emphasize central heating in the winter and air conditioning in the summer and the availability of other material comforts. The goal is to eliminate religious extremism and to break the stranglehold that the mind-set of extremism has on young people who have drifted into the reach of extremists. No question that the Chinese are addressing terrorist thinking, ideology and norms. The goal is to turn these criminals - for they have to have been found guilty of participation in terrorist activity albeit at the margins and not at the core, in order to be sentenced to periods of confinement and restriction – back into civic minded citizens free of extremist thinking and ideology. And the Chinese do claim success – religious extremism has been eliminated; there have been no recent incidents of bombs, knife attacks or terrorist activity. The detention and re-education camps have been closed. China has not relaxed its vigilance. Afghanistan remains unstable; ISIS may have suffered defeats but Muslim extremism remains a challenge to all governments – Muslim or non-Muslim, Asia or Europe. China is constantly alert to renewed terrorist challenges notwithstanding that no such challenges have occurred in the last four years.
The International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR) at King’s College, London outlined twenty-two terrorist attacks across Europe in the past five years including five attacks in the UK where the perpetrators had made connections in prison. The United Nations Plan of Action to Prevent Violent Extremism recognises that poverty, unemployment, and low levels of education constitute the soil from which terrorism is nurtured and developed. Separating violent extremists from impressionable young people, who have flirted with terrorism in the UK, is now likely to happen. It is what has been happening in Xinjiang, China for six years from 2013 on a bigger scale.
Now to the allegation that China has committed genocide. Is China killing people in ‘concentration camps’? As we approach the allegations and consider the evidence – and with past evidence of ‘genocides’ in mind - it is right to note that, in China, no evidence has been produced, either on the ground or by satellite, of gas ovens, or burial grounds, or rail routes to killing camps, or locations of mass murder, or photos of death marches, or smoke exuding crematoriums, or burial pit executions. We need to remind ourselves that there have been no allegations of death squads lining up people against a wall and shooting them – scenes ever-present in the Holocaust - or the daubing of shop windows or Uighurs having to wear uniquely identifiable clothing. There are other allegations to consider (forced sterilization, banning local dialects, closing local mosques) but it is right that at the start it should be recognized that the widely understood Holocaust type evidence is absent in allegations relating to alleged Chinese genocide of the Uighurs.
Such observations have not restrained either the past or the present US Secretary of State. The former, Trump’s US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, said on 19 January 2021;-
“I believe this genocide is ongoing, and that we are witnessing the systematic attempt to destroy Uighurs by the Chinese party-state. These crimes are ongoing and include: the arbitrary imprisonment or other severe deprivation of physical liberty of more than one million civilians, forced sterilzation, torture of a large number of those arbitrarily detained, force labour and the imposition of draconian restrictions on freedom or religion or belief, freedom of expression and freedom of movement”.
Anthony Blinken, the new US Secretary of State, said the following at his Senate confirmation hearing “the forcing of men, women and children into concentration camps; trying to, in effect, re-educate them to be adherents to the ideology of the Chinese Communist Party, all of that speaks to an effort to commit genocide”. Later, on the same day as Pompeo made his genocide statement , Antony Blinken, President Biden’s, newly appointed Secretary of State said;- “My judgment remains that genocide was committed against the Uighurs and that hasn’t changed”.
In 2017, China’s National Health and Family Planning Commission announced a $5.2bn healthcare investment in Xinjiang to strengthen health infrastructure in rural areas. There were positive consequences – infant mortality rates fell and life expectancy rose but the question that is asked is how did a big investment to improve the health of previously neglected rural communities sit comfortably with a policy of genocide?
It is also alleged that Xinjiang has banned ethnic minority students from using their own languages and closed schools that teach in the Uighur language. While promoting education in Mandarin, Xinjiang also offers courses in the spoken and written languages of ethnic minority groups. Mandarin is now being taught increasingly widely in UK schools because a knowledge of Mandarin will increasingly be a requirement for international exchange. The same applies to the Uighurs – maintain local language and culture but bear in mind that 91% of the 1.4bn population of China speak mandarin so therefore teaching mandarin makes sense.