Chinese human rights inevitably become genocide. cThe Communist Chinese are up in arms about a newly released UN report that suggests Red China “may” have committed crimes against humanity (also known as genocide) in Xinjiang. The Wall Street Journal assessed the UN report as follows on 1 September:
The 46-page report characterized what it termed arbitrary detentions in Xinjiang as stemming from a system of antiterrorism laws in China “that is deeply problematic from the perspective of international human rights norms and standards,” noting that detainees were apparently targeted for their religious practices and other vague criteria.
The report also cited descriptions of possible forced labor associated with internment camps, including labor and employment schemes for the purported purposes of poverty alleviation and the prevention of extremism. It said the extent of arbitrary and discriminatory detention of members of Uyghur and other predominantly Muslim groups “may constitute international crimes, in particular crimes against humanity.”
Prior to the report’s release, the communists lobbied the UN to not publish it, with approximately 1,000 nongovernmental organizations mostly in China signing a letter that claimed that the report would be used as an excuse to interfere in China’s internal affairs. This makes one wonder how the Nazis would have exploited NGOs to mask their genocidal actions during World War II (Goebbels: “It’s all an internal matter for the thousand-year Reich,” don’t ya know!).
Here is how communist China’s foreign ministry spokesman Wan Wenbin apoplectically responded to the detailed and thoroughly documented UN report: “The so-called critical report you mentioned is planned and manufactured firsthand by the US and some Western forces, it is wholly illegal and invalid.” The truth cannot be tolerated by Beijing!
Here is the generally-accepted definition of genocide from the Merriam-Webster dictionary: “the deliberate and systematic destruction of a racial, political, or cultural group.” However, it would appear that the definition has been cheapened because a diplomatic boycott means nothing in the grand scheme of things other than a weak protest and a bit of a war of words with the communists, who vociferously protested the “politicization of sports,” claimed that US diplomats had not been invited in the first place in an attempt to discredit the boycott, and have subsequently attacked the US for past human rights abuses.
Just as the 2022 Beijing Olympics was conducted despite diplomatic protests by several countries, so too will US-China dialog will go on, as the Biden administration continues to kowtow to Beijing, preferring engagement and “competition” to confrontation and consequences despite increased Chinese aggression and belligerence over the past year.
Engagement with the Chinese communists – as practiced both before and after the brief return to a policy of US national self-interest in dealing with China during the Trump presidency – has not curbed the CCP’s undemocratic behavior or aggressive behavior, both domestically and internationally. To the contrary, the communists have been emboldened and enriched over the years by the West’s weaknesses. Did the CCP moderate their behavior after the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing during the “engagement period” of the US’s China policy? Not so much, as would certainly be verified by the at least 1,000,000 Uyghurs who spent time in one of the 380 “detention camps” operating Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.
And a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Beijing Winter Games similarly meant nothing in the grand scheme of things other than a continued Chinese agitprop campaign and weak protests from the Biden administration. In the meantime, China earned that scathing UN report.
Let us review what transpired in advance of the 2022 Winter Games.
One would think that hard-nosed US confrontation of Beijing with the facts of the CCP’s ongoing genocide against the Uyghurs would be in order instead of a toothless diplomatic measures. After all, the Newlines Institute for Strategy and Policy together with the Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights released a report last March detailing China’s violation of the 1948 Genocide Convention in its treatment of its minority Uyghur population. The report documented five acts of genocide committed against the Uyghurs – for each and every one of the five specific genocide provisions in Article II of the Genocide Convention:
- Killing members of the group
- Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group
- Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part
- Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group
- Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group
The US should have been demanding international inspections and economic boycotts since that report was published, and that report should have been the basis for international pressure on the International Olympic Committee (led by the US) to relocate the 2022 Winter Olympic Games to a different venue. Instead, the US State Dept and the Biden White House remained virtually silent until US domestic political pressure forced the weakest possible response at nearly the last minute: a meaningless protest and diplomatic boycott.
Is “meaningless” too harsh a word to use in characterizing the Biden administration’s response to the Uyghur genocide? Consider that a mere three days after the Biden White House announcement of the US diplomatic boycott of the Winter Olympics because of “Chinese genocide against the Uyghurs” – US Secretary of State, in marking the “International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of Victims of the Crime of Genocide and the Prevention of this Crime,” issued an official generic pablum statement: “[L]et us recommit to use all the tools at our disposal in a collective effort to prevent and respond to genocide and other atrocities.” Nothing specific at all; no mention of the Uyghur genocide or actually “employing those tools” against the Communist China. And to top it off, there is still no official State Dept press release announcing the boycott of the Olympic Games. That is how much the diplomatic boycott of the Games really means: nothing! Tony Blinken “forgot” about the Uyghurs in three short days, and the Biden regime went back to the business of US-China “competition-not-confrontation” (the old China engagement policy by spiffed up new name).
Fortunately, the US Congress lit a fire under the Biden administration by subsequently passing Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act, which prohibits US importation of any goods made in Xinjiang unless the importer can prove the goods were not produced in using forced labor. According to the New York Post, Biden signed the bill “off-camera and without media in the room” so as not to publicly embarrass China immediately prior to the start of the Olympics.
But it is the Global Imams Council (GIC) of Muslim faith leaders who did it right (and shamed the US State Dept)! As reported by Epoch Times, the Council “banned followers of Islam from participating in and attending the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, citing the oppression of Uyghurs.”
The Chinese communists are way better at political and psychological warfare than the US, and they have been practicing it on the world stage since the People’s Liberation Army consolidated the modern Chinese state at the barrel of a gun in 1949. The CCP has a well-coordinated agitprop campaign supported by CCP leadership, the Chinese diplomatic corps, state-run Chinese media, and co-opted and/or pro-Chinese foreign diplomats, media figures, and others that can be focused on any political target of interest with alacrity. The kerfuffle about the diplomatic boycotts is a case in point.
While the US and a few other nations were weakly issuing diplomatic boycotts of the Winter Games to protest the Uyghur genocide, the CCP’s propaganda organs were simultaneously trumpeting Xi Jinping’s letter of congratulations to the “2021 South-South Human Rights Forum” held in Beijing in December. Here is how state-run China Daily characterized Xi’s remarks: “The Communist Party of China has always been a political party that respects and protects human rights, he stressed, adding that China stays committed to a people-centered approach, puts people’s interests front and center, advances human rights through development and promotes whole-process people’s democracy, he said.”
How is that for chutzpah given the findings of the Newlines Institute reported cited above, as well as in the new UN report? Was Xi serious, or was he just flipping us all off? In claiming that “China’s human rights cause has made remarkable achievements,” the totalitarian communist Xi and his stenographers in Chinese state-run media are in reality blatantly ignoring and trampling on the basic human right to life and liberty of Uyghurs and other long-oppressed minority populations in China. One wonders how the Uyghurs and Tibetans, for example, would view Xi’s claim about the CCP’s “respect for human rights.”
The only conclusion possible is that “human rights with Chinese characteristics” is actually nothing more than CCP-orchestrated genocide. If only the CCP apparatchiks in state-run Chinese media could do some field work in Xinjiang and obtain a personalized dose of their definition of “human rights protection”!
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