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Chinese FM Wang Yi made an official visit to Afghanistan to discuss economic and political prospects between the two nations – the first such trip by Beijing officials since the Taliban took over the country.
The company has continued to work with companies affiliated with forced labor despite public warnings of their work practices, according to a report published by a nonprofit group Monday. (NBC) Continue reading “Amazon suppliers linked to forced labor in China…”
The identities of 161 Australian citizens — including a former intelligence chief, government officials and business leaders — have been exposed in a hacked Shanghai security database which reveals the inner workings of China’s surveillance state. Continue reading “Australians flagged in CCP security files which shed light on surveillance state and monitoring of Uyghurs”
Scores of Chinese and foreign companies producing “well-known global brands” may be involved in human trafficking, forced labour and other human rights abuses in China’s Xinjiang region, a United Nations working group said on Monday, calling more attention to an issue that Beijing is increasingly on the defensive about.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday reintroduced a bipartisan bill that would ban imports from China’s Xinjiang region unless it is certified they are not produced with forced labor, and allow further sanctions against Chinese officials responsible for abuses against Muslims.
Xinjiang camp, Uyghur children are forcefully separated from their parents and ordered to chant, “My mother is China, we love our mother, we love China.”
The inner workings of China’s Communist re-education machine on full display.
“The situation is much, much worse than what is being reported. The Uyghur people have disappeared. Death is everywhere right now.”
These are the words of Dr Erkin Sidick, a Uyghur American who is the President of the Uyghur Projects Foundation and senior advisor to the World Uyghur Congress.
He claims that the total number of Uyghur detainees in camps in China and those presumed dead now exceeds the total number of Jews detained and killed during the Holocaust – an allegation that dwarfs previous reports on China’s ‘demographic genocide’ in Xinjiang, or what was once East Turkestan.
“This isn’t indoctrination, it’s eradication,” says Sidick.
The regime in Beijing might have access to raw audio data from mainland Chinese users of the U.S.-based audio app Clubhouse, according to a recent analysis by researchers at the Stanford Internet Observatory.
The Stanford researchers speculated that the regime could potentially punish Clubhouse users in China for their speech on the app, given the regime’s history.
Many inside China began using the invite-only app for uncensored discussions, before Beijing blocked it last week. The app says that it doesn’t record conversations, thus giving users a certain degree of privacy.
Chinese users took to the platform for discussions considered taboo by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), such as the suppression of Uyghurs in the Xinjiang region and Hong Kong’s freedoms and democracy.
Video filmed secretly inside China and uploaded to YouTube over the past month documented about 20,000 concentration camp victims shuttled to textile factories and forced to work 12 hours a day, every day of the week.
Radio Free Asia (RFA) reported Thursday on the videos filmed by Miradil Hesen, a resident of the Aksu province where a major textile factory is located:
In his videos, Hesen gave detailed accounts of young women and other ethnic Uyghurs from the prefecture’s Uchturpan (Wushi) county who are being forced to work at the Aksu Huafu Textile Factory 12 hours a day, with only one day free each month.
Rooms for workers are provided, but workers must provide their own food, said Hesen, now under arrest in eastern China’s Jiangsu province after being sought by police for downloading Instagram onto his mobile phone and for publishing videos criticizing China over rights abuses.
Salaries drawn by forced laborers in Aksu, who earn only 1,500 yuan per month (U.S. $220) are not enough on which to live, and deductions of from 40 to 50 yuan (U.S. $6-7) are removed from workers’ pay for time taken off for reasons not normally allowed, Hesen said.
Women in China’s “re-education” camps for Uyghurs have been systematically raped, sexually abused, and tortured, according to detailed new accounts obtained by the BBC.
The men always wore masks, Tursunay Ziawudun said, even though there was no pandemic then.
They wore suits, she said, not police uniforms.
Sometime after midnight, they came to the cells to select the women they wanted and took them down the corridor to a “black room”, where there were no surveillance cameras.
Several nights, Ziawudun said, they took her.
“Perhaps this is the most unforgettable scar on me forever,” she said.
Over the past few years, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has incarcerated more than a million ethnic Uyghurs from Xinjiang Province (formerly East Turkistan) in “re-education camps” and forced labor factories. Some report more than 3 million are held in these camps.
Uyghur women are being forcibly aborted and sterilized and Han Chinese men are forcibly living in Uyghur homes. Xinjiang Province has become a surveillance state.
Tibetans, Uyghurs, and other activists held a protest outside Apple’s flagship store in the Carnegie Library, Washington DC this week to protest Apple’s censorship at the behest of the Chinese Communist Party and call for the company to protect free speech and human rights.
The protest was organized by the international consumer group SumOfUs and activist group Students for a Free Tibet. It took place one day after Apple CEO Tim Cook testified to Congress during a hearing on antirust laws.
‘Re-education’, forced labour and surveillance beyond Xinjiang.
The Chinese government has facilitated the mass transfer of Uyghur and other ethnic minority1 citizens from the far west region of Xinjiang to factories across the country. Under conditions that strongly suggest forced labour, Uyghurs are working in factories that are in the supply chains of at least 82 well-known global brands in the technology, clothing and automotive sectors, including Apple, BMW, Gap, Huawei, Nike, Samsung, Sony and Volkswagen.
This report estimates that more than 80,000 Uyghurs were transferred out of Xinjiang to work in factories across China between 2017 and 2019, and some of them were sent directly from detention camps.2 The estimated figure is conservative and the actual figure is likely to be far higher. In factories far away from home, they typically live in segregated dormitories,3 undergo organised Mandarin and ideological training outside working hours,4 are subject to constant surveillance, and are forbidden from participating in religious observances.5 Numerous sources, including government documents, show that transferred workers are assigned minders and have limited freedom of movement.6
Full story: https://www.aspi.org.au/report/uyghurs-sale
The Chinese air force apparently has deployed bombers to an air base in the country’s far west, placing the warplanes within striking distance of Indian forces along the disputed Chinese-Indian border in the Himalayas.
But conditions undoubtedly are difficult for the bombers and their crews.
The H-6 is a Chinese development of the twin-engine Soviet Tu-16 medium bomber. Chinese industry has greatly improved the basic Tu-16 with new sensors, avionics, engines and weapons.
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.
- 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”.
Aydidar Kahar tucks her long hair behind her ear and smiles at the camera.
- 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.”
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.
- 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.