The US Senate is advancing a bill to allocate hundreds of millions of dollars to try and stop the amazing progress of China, which is developing rapidly under socialism independently of US domination. We should expect a major propaganda push. I want to post some links here that can be used to evaluate the assertions that will be coming.
First it is important to understand that a common tactic of US regime change agents is to lie about human rights abuses for targets of regime change. Let's recall that:
- Vietnam was falsely accused of attacking US troops in the Gulf of Tonkin, justifying escalation of the Vietnam war that killed millions of people
- Iraqi soldiers were falsely accused of killing babies in incubators in Iraq. This testimony literally staged by a PR firm was key in getting support for war against Iraq passed in the Senate.
- Saddam Hussein was falsely accused of throwing critics into wood shredders to justify the invasion of Iraq in 2003.
- Iraq was falsely accused of having a WMD program to justify the same war.
- Qaddafi was accused of systematically raping women to justify the NATO bombing of Libya, which is now a failed state.
- Assad was falsely accused of perpetrating a chemical weapons attack in Syria in 2013 to justify arming terrifying Islamic extremists.
- The same scenario has played out for an alleged attack in 2018. This time it is revealed that the Office on the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons altered their report under pressure from US officials on the investigative findings so as to implicate Assad. The initial report was not coming to this conclusion.
- The Venezuelan government is falsely accused of setting fire to an aid truck when in fact it was the US backed right wing opposition that set the fire. This is to justify the removal of the elected president, Nicholas Maduro, and install a right wing puppet, Juan Guaido.
The tactic of using human rights abuse allegations against China was laid out in 2017 within Trump's State Department. We also know from internal US planning documents that our government will make use of psychological operations. "Psychological operations were primarily media-related activities, including unattributed publications, forgeries, and subsidization of publications; political action involved exploitation of dispossessed persons and defectors, and support to political parties; paramilitary activities included support to guerrillas and sabotage; economic activities consisted of monetary operations." Accusations of abuse within China must be understood within this context.
With that established let's consider what is happening in the Chinese autonomous region of Xinjiang. As this CGTN documentary covers there was massive terrorist violence in Xinjiang starting in 1990 stemming from separatists, particularly from the Uyghur Muslim minority living there. Uyghurs are a Turkic minority ethnic group in China. In 2002 the UN designated the major separatist party, the East Turkmenistan Islamic Movement (ETIM) as an Al Qaeda affiliated terrorist group. This was a move supported by the US, and the US State Department would go on to likewise designate them as terrorists. Chinese Uyghur Muslims are currently fighting along side ISIS and Al Qaeda in Syria and have in the past been picked up in Afghanistan and sent by the US to Guantanamo Bay.
In 2011 Obama began pushing what came to be known as the pivot to Asia. I think this move is best understood within the context of Lenin's understanding of the relationship between capitalism and imperialism. Capitalism is a competitive ideology. One way to succeed is to make superior products more efficiently. The other is to suppress rivals so as to stave off competition. Keeping target countries poor and underdeveloped protects favored local industries and has the added bonus of weakening the bargaining position of rivals, which means the price of resources and labor can be reduced. This means higher profits for favored corporations.
There was some expectation with the opening up of China's economy that it would ultimately fall within this overall US hegemonic framework, as the Soviet Union did following some of their moves to open up in the 80s. By 2010 it was becoming apparent that this was not happening. Profits can be made in China, but profits are not in command, as they are in capitalist countries. Not only is China developing independently, but they are supporting the independent economic development of neighboring poor countries, particularly with the Belt and Road Initiative, which happens to have a major through fare in Xinjiang. This is a threat to imperial capitalism. In this amazing clip from 2015 John Mearsheimer explains that China must be disrupted economically, even if they do everything we asked of them, such as completely adopt a US style governmental system. Even if this means driving them right back into the extreme poverty that they came out of. Even if they are 100% capitalist. Because the US cannot tolerate independent economic development. This is an explicit agreement with Lenin's theory that imperialism is just capitalism in it's highest stage.
Soon after Obama's pivot China felt compelled to initiate a more aggressive push to address terrorism in Xinjiang. The approach is rooted in Marxism as distinct from imperial capitalism. The idea is that terrorism is rooted in poor material conditions. China had developed the western coastal regions economically, somewhat to the neglect of the interior. When people are poor and feel disconnected from economic development they turn to terrorism for dignity and meaning. China began pouring resources into the region. And they also targeted suspected terrorists and compelled them to enter training camps. There they would learn Mandarin, which is recognized to be important vocationally. The effort was a smashing success if the goal is the actual eradication of terrorism. It brought terrorism to a complete halt and allowed the people to prosper. At this point there hasn't been a terrorist incident since 2017.
But what we're seeing from the US side is an effort to undermine this success. The National Endowment for Democracy is an organization that was formerly part of the CIA. They have openly funded Uyghur separatist groups. Former deputy Secretary of State Lawrence Wilkerson explains that the CIA is exploiting the situation in Xinjiang to disrupt China and it's Belt and Road Initiative. Former FBI whistleblower Sibel Edmonds has claimed that Uyghur separatists are being trained in Afghanistan, which shares a border with China, and returned to China to engage in terrorism.
At the same time a new allegation has gained traction in the last few years that rather than addressing terrorism in Xinjiang, China's vocational training centers amount to genocide. This view is heavily reliant on claims from Adrian Zenz, a NED funded evangelical extremist who believes he is on a mission from God to destroy China. This is a person that does not speak Mandarin or Uyghur and has never been to China, let alone Xinjiang. Flagrant abuse of data has been exposed on his part. We also see many assertions based on reports from the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, a right wing think tank funded by a variety of defense companies.
Below are a few sources that suggest these accusations are false:
- Here is a World Bank report that says they thoroughly investigated allegations of abuse of minorities in Xinjiang and found no evidence.
- Here is a report on a Pakistani diplomat that toured 3 centers where she had wide access. She found no evidence of forced labor or religious persecution.
- Here are 100 scholars and religious leaders from Xinjiang claiming that Pompeo's assertions of 1M detained are absurd and it is untrue that their culture is being butchered. They claim to have seen the facilities and they say they are what the Chinese government says they are.
- China has invited the UN to visit the facilities and the US vehemently objects and tries to stop it. This is the same thing the US does to discredit elections where it doesn't like the outcome. Venezuela wants international observers to come and see that their elections are free and fair, the US sponsored opposition tries to stop people from going.
- More countries support China's actions in Xinjiang than oppose. No majority Muslim countries oppose.
- Here is an additional letter submitted on behalf of 37 countries to the UN Human Rights Council praising China's actions in Xinjiang addressing terrorism and caring for the rights of the people.
- Diplomats from 12 countries visited Xinjiang on a fact finding mission. Here is their letter describing what they found.
- Nike and H&M have indicated they will no longer purchase cotton from Xinjiang due to allegations in the media regarding forced labor. No direct evidence is offered. Meanwhile Sketchers has issued a statement that they will continue to purchase Xinjiang cotton because their audits have provided no basis for the accusation, including a recent unannounced audit.