Somehow I have managed to miss this absolutely hottest take on the issue of persecution of China’s Muslim minority, from Lijian Zhao, a foreign ministry official:
Zhao is talking about the 22 countries – which by late October became 24 countries – which collectively voiced their concern at the United Nations about the Chinese government’s abuse of human rights in the western Xinjiang province.
The tweet itself is an amazing example of what happens when you cross the old style toxic Marxism-Leninism with the new left toxic wokeness of identity politics. Apparently, if you point out that the Han Chinese are committing gross abuses of human rights against their Turkic Uighur minority, that makes you racist. The Chinese have for a long time seen the Europeans as the “white devil” (gwailou) but it took until recently for the Western post-modern left to catch up, seeing that they too now consider the Europeans to be the primary force for evil in human history. Stalinism, meet wokeism.
Probably more than one million, or ten percent of the Uighur population, are currently being held in “re-education” camps (possibly 500 of them), where many are subjected to brutality, forced sterilisation and organ removal. Chinese men are being sent to sleep in the same beds as Uighur women while their husbands are being imprisoned, in an attempt to terrorise and breed out the natives. The Uighur history and culture are being erased across the region, often literally, with wrecking balls and bulldozers (“In China, every day is Kristllnacht”, editorialises “the Washington Post”). The recently leaked trove of secret internal documents fills the gaps in our knowledge of the communist campaign in Xinjiang, including the staunch support from the very top of the party hierarchy.
But if you are concerned about this mass scale abuse of human rights and a cultural genocide, you are a white supremacist. “The Muslim world”, meanwhile, continues to shake China’s blood-stained hand. Shame on you, Western Islamophobes and neo-Nazis, for your concern about concentration camps. Welcome to 2019.