Uyghurs were enslaved and forced to convert to Islam, Chinese Government claims

A masked Uighur boy takes part in a protest against China, at Fatih Mosque in Turkey

Uyghurs in Xinjiang were forced to become Muslim and have been an integral part of China for thousands of years, Beijing said in a new report, in an attempt to justify its controversial crackdown against the ethnic minority in the far-western region.

Key points:

  • China has sought to justify treatment of Uyghurs that Western countries have condemned as “cultural genocide”
  • Beijing’s report hits back at “double standards” of critics and defends “anti-terrorism” efforts
  • Experts say the white paper is a classic case of China’s ongoing information warfare

A white paper released on Sunday by China’s State Council Information Office — the Government’s propaganda arm — presents the ruling Communist Party’s interpretation of history, claiming “Islam is neither an indigenous nor the sole belief system of the Uyghur people”.

The report also said that Islam spread into Xinjiang by “the Arab Empire” and that the Turkic Uyghur people “endured slavery” at the hands of “the Turks”.

“Conversion to Islam was not a voluntary choice made by the common people, but a result of religious wars and imposition by the ruling class,” it said, declaring that the Government nevertheless respects “the Muslims’ right to their beliefs”.

Full Story: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-07-22/china-report-says-xinjiangs-uyghurs-forced-to-convert-to-islam/11330490

China launches propaganda blitz to discredit Uyghurs, [VIDEO]

Aydidar Kahar tucks her long hair behind her ear and smiles at the camera.

Key points:

  • Uyghurs are using #StillNoInfo to demand news about their missing loved ones
  • Chinese state media releases a slew of testimonies from relatives to say they’re “safe and sound”
  • Experts say the family members are coerced or intimidated for propaganda purposes

She takes the viewer on a tour of a mall in Xinjiang — decked out with luxury brands like Versace, Gucci and Dior — before the video abruptly cuts to her sitting at a desk, staring straight into the camera lens.

“Isn’t the department store and the subway you just saw an epitome of the dramatic changes in Xinjiang?” she said, in a video broadcast by Chinese state-owned Global Times.

“Grandma, you have been defaming Xinjiang … people in Xinjiang are living a decent life.”

Full Story here: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-01-18/safe-and-sound-china-propaganda-undercuts-xinjiang-uyghur/11865648

China – Australian toddler caught up in Beijing’s ‘hostage diplomacy’

A collage of photos of Lufty, aged two
PHOTO: Lutfy, an Australian citizen, is trapped in the Xinjiang province in China with his mother. (ABC supplied)

There are concerns a two-year-old Australian citizen trapped in Xinjiang province in China is caught up in what experts call a growing use of “hostage diplomacy” by Beijing.

Key points

  • The Australian Government has repeatedly asked China to allow Nadila Wumaier and her son Lutfy, who is an Australian citizen, to travel to Australia
  • The ABC understands China is insisting the case an “internal matter” because Lutfy is a dual citizen
  • Experts believe Beijing is using the toddler’s case to express its displeasure with the Morrison Government

China has increasingly been accused of detaining international citizens to order to bully, coerce or retaliate against foreign governments.

Lutfy is an Australian citizen with an Australian passport and his mother Nadila Wumaier has a valid Australian visa but the Chinese Communist Party has banned them from leaving.

They are trapped in Xinjiang, where it is estimated more than 1 million Uyghurs are currently being detained in re-education camps, while those not detained have had their passports taken away, making it impossible for them to leave China

A few weeks after the family’s case was revealed by Four Corners in July, the Australian consul-general in Beijing met with the director of consular affairs at the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs about Lutfy’s case.

Foreign Minister Payne then raised the toddler’s plight during talks in Bangkok with top-level Chinese diplomats in early August.

Full story: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-10-24/china-hostage-diplomacy-affecting-australian-toddler/11631794