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Information handcuffs for China

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AUSTIN, TEXAS – February 1, 2019

Double standards in politics have long been the hallmark of many Western politicians. Politics has long been perceived by people as something dirty, dishonest, and politicians as liars and scammers. More recently, many believed in the "good power" and the independence of the media. Now this myth is dispelled. 

Fake news or even outright lies, brazen and tendentious coverage of events in favor of one or another political forces, and the readiness to write "any truth for your money” have killed the faith in the media. Now, only a very ignorant person, having heard the loud screams and lamentations of “journalists” could think that something happening in one or another part of the world is so outrageous that the international media cannot ignore this issue.

Nevertheless, for a person more versed in modern geopolitics, such wailing can mean one of two things: Either Washington's insidious plans are failing somewhere, or they have almost reached their goal.

And although the ambiguity of the internal situation in China does not allow us to judge how close the West is to achieving its goals of undermining national security there, it is quite simple to answer the question of what American political technologists are doing there and why.

Recent headlines across American and European news agencies have focused on the rise of a so-called Chinese “police state,” specifically in regards to the security infrastructure put in place in China’s western region of Xinjiang.

For those who had the good fortune to miss a whole series of articles about the creation of a “police state” in China (like Bloomberg’s “Inside the Vast Police State at the Heart of China’s Belt and Road” and the Economist’s “China has turned Xinjiang into a police state like no other” that depict Beijing’s efforts as a “Muslim crackdown” and a “massive abuse of human rights.”), we present an overview of the events made on the basis of materials by Joseph Thomas who is chief editor of the Thailand-based geopolitical journal, The New Atlas. The essence of this review is that the Uighur extremism supported by the West not only poses a real threat to China's national security, but also to the global infrastructure project of the "new silk road,” on which Beijing has made a major stake.

Before the deterioration of relations between the US and China, many MSM journalists called things by their names, since hijacking aircraft, attacking local markets using explosives-laden machines, and killing China’s chief imam, cannot be called anything other than terrorism. However, today, when China is taking unprecedented measures to prevent new terrorist attacks and to raise the awareness of representatives of the Uyghur public through compulsory education, it is portrayed as “resistance” and all Chinese actions are called an "attempt on Uygur identity."

For example Bloomberg’s article claims that:

“…state-mandated drills are part of China’s suppression campaign against Uighurs, predominantly Muslim ethnic groups whose members have periodically lashed out with riots, stabbings and other attacks in protest of a government controlled by the Han Chinese majority.”

In reality, Uighur extremists are terrorists pursuing unrealistic separatism encouraged by Washington, and doing so through extreme violence.

The United State government via the National Endowment for Democracy dedicates a page to programs it is funding in what is listed as “Xinjiang/East Turkistan”--East Turkistan being the fictional name of the imaginary state separatists seek to carve out of Chinese territory.

The inclusion of “East Turkistan” is all but an admission to US support for Uighur separatism.

The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) is among the groups the US NED is funding. It openly promotes separatism.

The WUC is omnipresent in Western news reports, promoting allegations against Beijing regarding Xinjiang, yet the WUC is actually based in Munich, Germany and Washington D.C.

WUC representatives such as Dilxat Raxit and Rebiya Kadeer are cited, making various unsubstantiated claims regarding China’s treatment of Uighurs with Western news agencies often failing to mention their WUC affiliation or that the WUC is funded by the US government in articles. Stories like, “Chinese Police Order Xinjiang’s Muslims to Hand in All Copies of The Quran,” published by the US State Department and funded and directed by the Radio Free Asia network, are based entirely on WUC claims.

Further investigation would reveal the Qurans being collected were published in Saudi Arabia and deliberately rewritten to promote extremism. Newer versions printed elsewhere were not being collected.

This is just one of many examples of the US intentionally undermining security in China, then intentionally misrepresenting China’s attempts to respond to these growing threats.

What Bloomberg describes as “periodically lashing out” has been more accurately presented even in the Western press, years before this latest disinformation campaign against Beijing began.

In a 2014 BBC article titled, “Why is there tension between China and the Uighurs?,” a long and appalling list of Uighur terrorist attacks are presented:

In June 2012, six Uighurs reportedly tried to hijack a plane from Hotan to Urumqi before they were overpowered by passengers and crew. 

There was bloodshed in April 2013 and in June that year, 27 people died in Shanshan county after police opened fire on what state media described as a mob armed with knives attacking local government buildings

At least 31 people were killed and more than 90 suffered injuries in May 2014 when two cars crashed through an Urumqi market and explosives were tossed into the crowd. China called it a “violent terrorist incident.”

It followed a bomb and knife attack at Urumqi’s south railway station in April, which killed three and injured 79 others. 

In July, authorities said a knife-wielding gang attacked a police station and government offices in Yarkant, leaving 96 dead. The imam of China’s largest mosque, Jume Tahir, was stabbed to death days later. 

In September, about 50 died in blasts in Luntai county outside police stations, a market and a shop. Details of both incidents are unclear and activists have contested some accounts of the incidents in state media.

Some violence has also spilled out of Xinjiang. A March stabbing spree in Kunming in Yunnan province that killed 29 people was blamed on Xinjiang separatists, as was an October 2013 incident where a car ploughed into a crowd and burst into flames in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square.

It can only be imagined what sort of security measures the United States or United Kingdom would put into place if such large scale and persist terrorism was taking place within their borders. It would also be curious to imagine what either nation would do if the separatism driving the violence was being openly promoted by a foreign state.

For China, draining the swamps of ideological extremism is their method of choice and is the impetus behind the so-called “reeducation camps” being operated in Xinjiang.

This systematic and brutal campaign of terrorism now being omitted from Western news sources is deliberate. Omitting this crucial context is meant to portray Beijing’s reaction to years of deadly terrorism as irrational, oppressive and totalitarian.

And even as the US and other Western nations promote this campaign of disinformation, stories are still slipping through, admitting to the serious and growing security challenges Uighur terrorism presents not only China but the rest of the world.

The US State Department-funded and directed Voice of America in an article titled, “Analysts: Uighur Jihadis in Syria Could Pose Threat,” admitted:

“Analysts are warning that the jihadi group Turkistan Islamic Party (TIP) in northwestern Syria could pose a danger to Syria’s volatile Idlibprovince, where efforts continue to keep a fragile Turkey-Russia-brokered ceasefire between Syrian regime forces and the various rebel groups. 

“The TIP declared an Islamic emirate in Idlib in late November and has largely remained off the radar of authorities and the media thanks to its low profile. Founded in 2008 in the northwestern Chinese region of Xinjiang, the TIP has been one of the major extremist groups in Syria since the outbreak of the civil war in the country in 2011. 

“The TIP is primarily made up of Uighur Muslims from China, but in recent years it also has included other jihadi fighters within its ranks.”

The article also discusses the threat of these terrorists transferring their experience back to western China.

The article demonstrates two important facts: that Uighur “separatists” in Xinjiang are actually highly organised and dangerous terrorists, and that they are involved in armed violence not only in China, but around the world.

The schizophrenic nature of US media coverage regarding Uighur extremism, portraying them as innocent victims of Chinese “totalitarianism” on one hand, and as a heavily armed bloc fighting alongside Al Qaeda and the Islamic State terrorists in Syria on the other, betrays the former as a means of geopolitically handcuffing Beijing’s ability to decisively respond to the latter.

By hindering Beijing’s ability to react to a terrorist threat the US is actively encouraging, Washington hopes to give Uighur extremism the space it needs to take hold and undermine China’s security indefinitely.

As to why, the Bloomberg article makes it very clear:

“Xinjiang sits at the geographic heart of Xi’s signature Belt and Road Initiative. It’s a trillion-dollar plan to finance new highways, ports and other modern infrastructure projects in developing countries that will connect them to China’s markets—and, skeptics say, put them in China’s debt for decades to come.”

The use of terrorism, shielded from security efforts by disingenuous humanitarian concerns to hinder China’s One Belt, One Road initiative has become a common theme throughout Washington’s strategy to contain China’s rise upon the global stage.Understanding the truth behind Beijing’s security issues in Xinjiang points out that it is the United States, not China, not only to blame for any unnecessary suffering Uighurs now face, but also working to undermine global peace and prosperity, not contribute toward it.

Even if the wildest accusations made by the US against China in Xinjiang are true, considering what the scourge of foreign-funded terrorism has brought to nations like Syria, Libya and Iraq, would such measures be too extreme?

Author: USA Really