- The Western media has created an entirely false impression
China has been the centerpiece of western media, not for its boldly tackling the scourge of covid-19 or its extending a helping hand to the international community in their hour of need, but for allegedly suppressing the Uighurs of Xinjiang.
The fact is that some Uighurs, the Muslim majority residing in Xinjiang, were instigated by vested interests to commit acts of extremism, terrorism and separatism. These fanatical and misled elements were tackled by the Chinese government in a concerted manner. A well-thought-out strategy was planned and executed, based on bringing prosperity to the region so that the quality of life of the Uighurs could be raised and they could become a part of the mainstream. Simultaneously, hardcore miscreants were apprehended and brought into the ambit of law and severely dealt with. Minor offenders were invited to re-indoctrination centers, which provided them the opportunity to acquaint themselves with the Chinese Constitution and law, and get vocational training of their choice. The policy was successful but the western propaganda persists.
This scribe took the initiative of launching the Pak-China Friendship Forum and organizing a webinar on the subject of “Success of Chinese Policies against Extremism in Xinjiang”. Senator Nisar Memon, the former Minister for Information and Broadcasting, chaired the webinar while four eminent speakers from Pakistan and four from abroad read papers.
The Pakistani speakers comprised Professor Dr. Shafei Moiz Hali, Ambassador Javed Hafiz, Group Captain (Retd.) S.M. Hali and Engineer Zamir Awan.
The targeted policies of the government towards the four prefectures of the south of Xinjiang, have also shown very good results. From 2014 to 2018, 2.31 million people, among which were 1.89 million from the South of Xinjiang, were lifted out of poverty. The improvement of the level of subsistence is due also to the continuous reinforcement of 9 programmes of social protection directed towards employment, education, medical services and social assistance
The foreign speakers were David Bromwich, National President of New Zealand China Friendship Society, renowned academic Professor Zhou Rong from China, Christine Bierre, Editor in Chief of the monthly Nouvelle Solidarité and an expert at the Schiller Institute of France, and William Jones, the Washington Bureau Chief for the weekly magazine, Executive Intelligence Review (EIR).
It is a pity that the western media won’t talk about the billions of dollars that China has invested in Xinjiang, modernizing the cities, building 21 airports, linking the region with bullet trains. In 2018, the 21 airports in Xinjiang handled 33 million passengers. The Chinese government’s efforts are reflected in the exponential GDP growth of the Xinjiang region, which is about $171 billion.
Regarding the Muslim minority, there are thousands of mosques in Xinjiang, a region whose recorded history goes back more than 2000 years to when the ancient Silk Road linked China to Italy and Greece. In China, there are mosques that were built in the 10th century, which demonstrates the tolerance and respect for religious rights in Chinese society.
Unfortunately, another source for crazy propaganda is the social media, where people post sensational fake photos and videos that quickly go viral. For example, a video of Indonesian police beating up a thief was posted as “Chinese beating up a Muslim for reading the Quran.” And that stupid video got millions of views. In another case, a photo from a Sex/BDSM Club in Taiwan was used to claim that Uyghurs were being tortured in China. A viral video in 2020 claimed to show handcuffed and blindfolded Uyghurs being led by the police. It was actually an old video from another province (Guizhou) where some non-Uyghur (Han) people were arrested in a massive financial fraud.
Christine Bierre of France stated that wild accusations that China had imprisoned millions of Uighurs in Xinjiang invoked a first letter inspired by the USA and signed by 22 countries sent that month to the UN, calling for a full-fledged investigation. 34 other countries sent their own letter, rebutting the first one, and fully supporting China’s anti-terrorist policies in Xinjiang.
Since then the crescendo of accusations has reached nearly pre-war levels, China being accused of using the Uighurs as forced labour and even of engaging in mass sterilization of the Uighur women! The French scholar asked: “Who can believe those accusations which come essentially from US secretary of State Mike ‘Armageddon’ Pompeo ? In a speech given to students at the Texas A & M University campus on 15 April 2019, Pompeo himself confessed that when he was Director at the CIA between 2017-2018 “we lied, we cheated, and we stole”, violating thus the motto of the West Point cadets. How to believe such accusations from a country notorious for its use of prisoner-labour paid peanuts, in private prisons listed on Wall Street ?”
The cultural patrimony of China’s 56 different ethnic groups is highly protected, just as is their religious practice, on condition that such activities have nothing to do with separatism, terrorism or religious extremism. The Quran, the Bible and other religious books are made accessible to all via libraries and the Internet, and 20 million Muslims practice in 39,000 clean and modern mosques, cared for by the State, of which 25,000 are in Xinjiang, as can some 100 million Christians and a similar number of Buddhists.
Not only is the Chinese government not trying to eliminate the Uighur minority, but it has launched policies that will bring development to the Xinjiang, and more generally, to the Western part of China, creating therefore the basis for solving the complicated social problems of poverty and ethnic integration, manipulated by the enemies of China in the West since back in the early 1990s.
This was the “Going West” policy adopted for the first time in 1999, aimed at reducing the disequilibrium between the Western provinces of China which had lagged far behind the maritime provinces in terms of living standards, through a dirigiste investment policy to develop industrial production and infrastructure. This policy has been renewed several times since.
In 2013, President Xi Jinping brought this policy a leap forward with the launching of the Belt and Road Initiative which made the Xinjiang province, with its borders with eight nations (Russia, Mongolia, India, Pakistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrghyzstan, Afghanistan and Tajikistan), the outpost to the Eurasian continent.
These policies have led to a massive development of infrastructure. All of Xinjiang has access to clean water! In terms of transports, an expressway was built between Beijing and Urumqi, capital of Xinjiang, as well as a TGV from Lanzhou-Xinjiang. Excellent and extended modern road systems have been developed in Xinjiang, creating the basis for a vast improvement of tourism and trade. In Xinjiang alone, since 2013, 111 roads have been built connecting to five neighboring countries. Three other railways are in construction and 30 airports will be ready by 2022. Digital facilities throughout the country and payment by phones have vastly increased the E commerce and opened direct markets between producers and consumers throughout China.
According to a report published by the Bureau of information of the Chinese State Council affairs, the GDP in Xinjiang, grew by 8.3 percent as a yearly average between 1952 and 2018. The average GDP per capita yearly growth was of 5.7 percent during the same period. The region is today leading in China in the area of agricultural mechanization and efficient irrigation for water conservation. Thus, terrorism is being eradicated through economic development.
In that context, all parts of Xinjiang, the rich North with its Han majority, just as the poor South populated by Uighurs, are benefiting from growth. In 2017, according to Professor Gao Jianglong of the Xinjiang Academy of Social sciences, 470,000 jobs were created in the urban areas, and 2.7 million in the rural. The per capita revenue in 2017, compared to 2016, was 30,775 million yuan in the urban areas and 11,045 million yuan in the rural areas, i.e. a 10.1percent growth in the urban areas and of 9.9 percent in the rural.
As one can see, it’s this difference which subsists in living standards between the south, and the richer areas in the north, that the government will have to work on in order to eliminate ethnic tensions totally, having resulted from a rapid growth of the Han population in that territory which used to be populated essentially by Uighurs, a difference which is based on the higher level of competence of the Hans. The targeted policies of the government towards the four prefectures of the south of Xinjiang, have also shown very good results. From 2014 to 2018, 2.31 million people, among which were 1.89 million from the South of Xinjiang, were lifted out of poverty. The improvement of the level of subsistence is due also to the continuous reinforcement of 9 programmes of social protection directed towards employment, education, medical services and social assistance.
Where in the West are efforts of that dimension being carried out to uplift the level of a poor population?