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Uighurs' plight should alert world

Morning Star, “China launched a robust defence of its rights record in Xinjiang today, saying minorities both there and in Tibet provided a “shining example” of development.”

Yesterday the Alliance for Workers’ Liberty tweeted this:

it would seem that the Chinese state and Chinese Communist Party have lost one outlet for its propaganda in the UK, but can still rely upon the Morning Star to defend genocide in Xinjiang and to defame human rights campaigners and truth tellers.

writes Jim Denham, (16th of February)


Bang on cue, the Alt-News Morning Star has just published this:

China defends Xinjiang policy as UN debates human rights

CHINA launched a robust defence of its rights record in Xinjiang today, saying minorities both there and in Tibet provided a “shining example” of development.

Foreign Minister Wang Yi was speaking at a forum ahead of a meeting of the United Nations human-rights council (UNHRC) in which both Britain and the United States made allegations of abuses.

Mr Wang said China was “always committed” to protecting human rights and cited the growth of per-capita GDP and life expectancy in the regions as evidence that rights were being safeguarded.

“We believe that the rights to subsistence and development are basic human rights of paramount importance,” he said.

This ‘argument’ heard many times at the height of the Cold War, is that increasing basic living standards and welfare for the majority of the population outweigh political rights, guarantees to freedom of expression and religious belief. As the productive forces grow then such ‘bourgeois’ luxuries are trumped by ‘socialist’ development. It is a sign of the Chinese Communist Party’s residual Marxism, a return to the pre-Cultural Revolution days.  Produktivkräfte, the motor of history and progress, as they might say. Or, without any Marxist gloss, developmental economics.

But Britain’s Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab used the country’s return as a voting member of the UNHRC to regurgitate claims that one million people are being held in torture camps in Xinjiang, with members of the Uighur community subjected to forced labour and forced sterilisation.

“[Rights abuses] are taking place on an industrial scale,” he said.

But evidence for such assertions is highly contested, with numerous anecdotal claims made by individuals with alleged links to terrorist organistions or, in one case, a member of the US intelligence service being widely repeated in Western media.

The only people contesting these reports are those inspired by the Chinese state, and their toadies, such as the Morning Star.

Most of the accusations are based on reports made by one person, Adrian Zenz, a self-styled expert on Xinjiang who believes he is on a mission from God to save the world from “Chinese communism.” Mr Zenz, who first coined the “one million” figure for the number of detainees, based it on interviews with just eight individuals.

Another source of allegations is the World Uighur Congress (WUC), an organisation that has received more than $8 million from Washington’s National Endowment for Democracy since it was established in 2004. Its leaders are linked to Islamist terror organisation the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM), now the Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP) (ETIM/TIP), which fought with jihadists in Syria and seeks to establish a caliphate in Xinjiang province.

This Blog would refer to this:

The Morning Star is going to have a hard job making that stick so they roll out the ageing refrain of the New Cold War .

Washington’s new cold war on China has seen it adopt an increasingly aggressive stance, with President Joe Biden’s administration committing millions of dollars to military spending aimed at containing Beijing.

But countries not aligned with the US have cast doubt on its claims following diplomatic visits to Xinjiang. In a letter to the UN in 2019, 37 diplomats, most from Muslim-majority countries, praised China’s commitment to openness, adding that what they saw and heard in Xinjiang completely contradicted what had been reported in some Western media.

Mr Wang said he hoped Western countries would stop interfering (in China’s internal affairs and “stop smearing the Communist Party of China and China’s political system.”

Many British papers have got paid for advertorials from the Chinese state.

One can only hope the ‘daily paper of the left’ and one of Jeremy Corbyn’s best friends, gets properly rewarded.

Others, internationalists, will look to this:



Written by Andrew Coates

February 23, 2021 at 11:56 am

10 Responses

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  1. Systematic rape is hardly a shining example of Human Rights.


    February 23, 2021 at 12:03 pm

  2. It isn’t, of course, just the Morning Star. There are those luminaries around the so-clled “Progressive International” (https://www.qiaocollective.com/) which brings together people like Chomsky, Naomi Klein, Yanis Varoufakis and, sadly, John McDonnell, a group who are happy to endorse and retweet some of the Sinophile nonsense of the Pro-Beijing “Qia Collective” (https://www.qiaocollective.com/) whose current take on the issues in Xinjiang is that “Based on a handful of think tank reports and witness testimonies, Western governments have levied false allegations of genocide and slavery in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. A closer look makes clear that the politicization of China’s anti-terrorism policies in Xinjiang is another front of the U.S.-led hybrid war on China.”

    But talk of the Morning Star reminds me of one of their old bete noirs – Martin Jacques, the king of the Euros and what were once dubbed the “Yummies” – the young upwardly mobile Marxists of North London. I know he has been in China, as a lecturer at Shanghai Uni for some years now, and was, in the last couple of years, a proponent of the view that Xi’s China was not just a state but a “new civilization”, but he seems to have been uncommonly quiet of recent months. I hope he is well and still at liberty !

    david walsh

    February 23, 2021 at 1:49 pm

    • I have read his gushing book, (I hasten to add, I got it from the library and did not pay for it).

      When China Rules the World: The End of the Western World and the Birth of a New Global Order by Martin Jacques

      “Martin Jacques has written movingly and angrily about the death of his Indian-Malaysian wife in a Hong Kong hospital, claiming that the tragedy arose from a deep Chinese prejudice against anyone with a dark skin. So it comes as quite a surprise to discover that, far from warning of the dangers of a world likely to be dominated by a racist superpower, the author admires the Chinese enormously and views China’s self-proclaimed “peaceful rise” with a remarkable degree of equanimity.”


      He is still at it’

      Perhaps he should have a piece in the Morning Star.

      Andrew Coates

      February 23, 2021 at 2:28 pm

      • So he is still going down the same old (belt and) road. But Jacques writing for the Morning Star ? That would be the internal CPB version of the Ribbentrop / Molotov pact.

        david walsh

        February 23, 2021 at 3:44 pm

    • In fairness to John McDonnell, he supports the Uyghur Solidarity Campaign and has agreed to speak at this meeting:

      Labour, Hong Kong & the Uyghurs
      Hosted by Momentum Internationalists
      18:00 GMT Thu 25 Feb
      Register to attend
      Momentum Internationalists, an activist group in Momentum and the Labour Party, has invited us to speak at this meeting on Thursday. There will be introductions from Labour’s former Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell MP, an organiser from Labour Movement Solidarity with Hong Kong, and our own Tahmena Joyan, President of SOAS Uyghur Society. Please join us for this opportunity to discuss the situation and build links with the labour movement.

      Jim Denham

      February 23, 2021 at 6:05 pm

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