BAODING, CHINA – Beaten, forced off their land, cheated out of money, and even falsely imprisoned — farmers in China say they are paying a heavy price as authorities rush to deliver on ambitious pledges to ramp up national green energy output.
Beijing is inflicting horrors on its own people via a petty trade war with Australia, making its coldest winter in 50 years even harsher.
There is a deep chill in the air in Beijing as China is gripped by its coldest winter in more than 50 years, but its government is determined to push ahead with a ban on Australian coal that has seen an eye-watering surge in prices, supply shortages and the suffering of its people.
The decision to cut off the vital commodity from its southern neighbour amid a diplomatic spat couldn’t have come at a worse time, with hundreds of millions of residents trying to stave off the intense cold.
This has created a massive surge in heating demand across China and in parts of the country, the coal supply is running dangerously low.
Se Hoon Kim is a graduate student at the University of Rochester. He was born in South Korea and immigrated to United States at a young age. In the past few years, he has dedicated his efforts to help raise awareness of the human rights situation in China.
What got him interested in China?
A leaked cache of secret Chinese Government documents reveals how authorities in Xinjiang province red-flagged 23 Australian citizens during a security crackdown that consigned tens of thousands of people to arbitrary detention and mass indoctrination.
- Leaked Chinese government documents relate to the network of “training and education” camps in Xinjiang
- They shed more light on the system of mass surveillance and detention used to subjugate minorities
- Details about the operation of detention facilities show they are run like maximum security jails
The documents tell how the Australian citizens were identified among 75 people from China’s Muslim minorities who were singled out in the surveillance sweep because of their passports.
While the fate of the Australians is unknown, the confidential report instructs public security officials to deport or detain those foreign passport holders for whom “suspected terrorism cannot be ruled out”.