The official story is that the Chinese government has been engaging in a systematic campaign against the Uyghur minority population in the Xinjiang province of China.
This campaign has been described as a ‘genocide’ or ‘ethnic cleansing’ by many in the Western establishment.
However, they are wrong, willingly or unwillingly.
Who are the Uyghurs?
I’m not exactly sure how to pronounce it, but the Uyghurs are one of the 55 officially recognised ethnic minorities in China and are culturally and ethnically close to other Turkic people groups across Central Asia.
The Uyghurs have their own language, which is similar to Turkish, and they have a distinct culture, with traditions and customs that are unique to their community.
Their history in the region dates back to the 6th century.
Historically, the Uyghurs have experienced periods of autonomy and influence, particularly during the era of the Uyghur Khaganate in the 8th century. However, their region (Xinjiang), has been under Chinese control since the 18th century, when it was conquered by the Qing Dynasty.
In the 20th century, the Uyghurs faced a few political and social changes, as you’d expect, after the establishment of the People’s Republic of China in 1949. (Similarly, white South Africans faced a few political and social changes after the fall of apartheid.)
But no genocide.
The mainstream narrative is flawed
Apparently, the Chinese government has implemented a range of policies and practices targeting Uyghurs and other Muslim minority groups in Xinjiang, including:
- mass surveillance,
- arbitrary detention,
- forced labor,
- cultural assimilation,
- restrictions on religious practices, and
- other human rights abuses.
Large numbers of Uyghurs have been detained in so-called ‘re-education camps’ or ‘vocational training centres’.
The claim is that hundreds of thousands – or possibly over a million – Uyghurs have been forced into these camps in which they are subjected to indoctrination, forced labor, psychological and physical abuse, and other forms of mistreatment.
The list goes on.
The problem is that there is pretty much no supporting evidence, and the claims almost always stem from a handful of anti-China groups in the West.
Something to consider is that the prevailing Western claims about an Uyghur genocide are hugely influenced by US funding through the National Endowment for Democracy (NED).
This funding extends to various Uygur NGOs, which have had impacted US foreign policies, including the Uygur Forced Labour Prevention Act (which operates on the presumption of forced labour in Xinjiang, placing the onus on businesses to prove otherwise).
America’s aggression towards China has been escalating in recent years because, basically, China’s economy is growing while America’s has slowed, and Washington is not happy and is trying everything to portray China as the world’s enemy.
In other words, Anglo-Americans are pushing (and funding) anti-China propaganda.
There is no Uyghur genocide, physically or culturally.
Coincidentally, Xinjiang is a key location in terms of the Belt And Road Initiative, also viewed as a threat by the American Industrial Complex.
Brian Berletic, of The New Atlas, explained why the Uyghur genocide narrative is false.