Apparently, China isn’t shaking in its boots over the recent United Nations demand that China release the one million or so Uighur Muslims allegedly being held in detention camps. Unlike Europe and the West, nobody in China is worrying about creeping sharia or mass Muslim migration because China knows how to deal with its biggest domestic enemy.
NY Magazine (h/t Maurice) China is among the most ethnically homogeneous large countries in the world, with Han Chinese accounting for 91 percent of its population. The ruling Communist Party considers China’s homogeneity and social cohesion to be pillars of its strength.
There are more than 15 million Uighur Muslims in China, the majority residing in the province of Xinjiang. Uighurs have been unsuccessful in their attempts to carve out a separate Islamic state for themselves in Xiinjiang, causing them to step up their terrorist attacks against civilians. But unlike the West, China doesn’t treat Islamic terrorism with kid gloves.
The territory of Xinjiang, in northwest China, is home to a large population of Uighurs, a predominantly Muslim, Turkic ethnic group. In 2009, ethnic riots in Xinjiang claimed hundreds of lives; since then, individual Uighur nationalists have carried out multiple terrorist attacks.
So, to combat the impression that Uighurs have any cause for wanting their own separate state — let alone for deploying violence to achieve it — Xi Jinping’s government has decided to declare Islam a contagious “ideological illness,” and quarantine 1 million Uighurs in reeducation camps, according to an estimate from the United Nations.
But leave it to the leftists in Congress, led by Republican turncoat Senator Marco Rubio to call for sanctions against China because of their alleged harsh treatment of Muslims.
In interviews, former inmates from these camps say that they were made to renounce their faith, sing Communist Party songs, consume pork, and drink alcohol; other reports suggest some of the truly “ideologically sick” have been tortured and killed.
At first, Beijing was content to reserve its concentration camps for suspected radicals. But, as the Atlantic’s Sigal Samuel explains, they eventually decided that the Uighurs’ ideological malady was so destructive and contagious, it was best to quarantine them prophylactically, upon the slightest apparent symptom (like, say, the appearance of a long beard on an Uighur male’s face).
To the West, China insists that its reeducation camps are mere vocational schools. But, as Samuel notes, Beijing offers a more forthright account of its intentions to its Chinese constituents. Here’s how the Communist Party explained its policy in an official recording:
Members of the public who have been chosen for reeducation have been infected by an ideological illness. They have been infected with religious extremism and violent terrorist ideology, and therefore they must seek treatment from a hospital as an inpatient.
… There is always a risk that the illness will manifest itself at any moment, which would cause serious harm to the public. That is why they must be admitted to a reeducation hospital in time to treat and cleanse the virus from their brain and restore their normal mind … Being infected by religious extremism and violent terrorist ideology and not seeking treatment is like being infected by a disease that has not been treated in time, or like taking toxic drugs … There is no guarantee that it will not trigger and affect you in the future.
Having gone through reeducation and recovered from the ideological disease doesn’t mean that one is permanently cured … So, after completing the reeducation process in the hospital and returning home … they must remain vigilant, empower themselves with the correct knowledge, strengthen their ideological studies, and actively attend various public activities to bolster their immune system.
China’s system of justice for Muslim terrorists is swift, unlike the West. In 2015, three Uighur Muslim terrorists were executed for their role in a massive train station terror attack that killed 21 and injured 141 Chinese just the year before.
CNN China has executed three men convicted of plotting a knife attack that killed 31 people at a railway station in the southwestern city of Kunming last year.
They had committed intentional homicide, led a terrorist group and organized the mass knifing, which also wounded 141 people. The names of those executed were Uighur, a Muslim ethnic group from Xinjiang, northwest China. Authorities had blamed terrorists from the region for the attack, just another in an increasing wave of Muslim terrorist attacks being waged on the Chinese public.
The train station attack shook the country and state media labeled it “China’s 9/11.” Dressed in black and wielding long knives and machetes, several assailants stormed the station on March 1, 2014 seemingly hacking at anyone in sight.
Authorities said police shot four perpetrators dead on the scene and captured another. It was the deadliest of a recent spate of violent incidents that have been carried out by the Uyghur Muslims.
UK Daily Mail Distressing photos circulating online showed bodies, pools of blood and abandoned luggage scattered across the terminal floor in the wake of what authorities termed an ‘organised, premeditated, violent terrorist attack’. Beijing blamed the attack on ‘separatists’ from the resource-rich far western Xinjiang region, where at least 200 people have died in attacks and clashes between locals and security forces over the last year.
The crackdown on Uighur identity is occurring on a massive scale – all in the name of “maintaining social stability.”China has imposed regular “home stays” on families in Xinjiang. The initiative is part of a program called “Becoming Family,” created to “safeguard social stability.” Cadres spend 5 to 14 days every two months in the families’ homes. Evidently, the families cannot refuse this intrusion. The cadres are tasked to watch out for any signs of “problems” or “unusual situations.
The international outcry over China’s mass repression of its Muslim population has been relatively tame. As Business Insider notes, the governments of many Muslim-majority countries have declined to express public opposition, for fear of jeopardizing their access to Chinese capital — especially the infrastructure loans that Beijing has provided as part of its “One Belt, One Road” initiative.
Fortunately, the United States remains, for now, the world’s preeminent military and economic power. And as president Trump made clear in his speech withdrawing the U.S. from the Iran nuclear agreement, our country is deeply committed to spreading religious freedom, individual liberty, and other human rights throughout the globe. So, is there any reason to doubt that Trump will make the liberation of the Uighurs America’s top priority in its next round of negotiations with China over trade policy?
(Don’t dream! Trump has enacted policies which have significantly reduced the number of Muslim refugees and migrants entering America. He certainly isn’t going to do anything to reverse that number, including calling out China for alleged persecution of its Muslim minority, which would cause people to demand that America take in thousands of Uighur Muslims as refugees)