China’s government congratulated itself on Twitter recently for what it described as great improvements to the lives of Uyghur Muslim women in China’s western province of Xinjiang.
A Jan. 7 tweet by China’s embassy to the U.S. stated: “Study shows that in the process of eradicating extremism, the minds of Uygur women in Xinjiang were emancipated and gender equality and reproductive health were promoted, making them no longer baby-making machines. They are more confident and independent.”
Is anything about this tweet true?
-China’s embassy to the U.S.
False. Completely make believe.
False. This is monstrous propaganda from China’s ruling Communist Party.
Almost every word in this tweet was a lie. It was so egregious that even Twitter, which routinely permits China’s tyranny to post huge amounts of propaganda, finally took it down.
Far from freeing Uyghur women, China’s government under the guise of “eradicating extremism” has been subjecting them to forced sterilizations and abortions, coercing them to marry non-Uyhgurs and taking Uyghur children from their families.
On Jan. 19, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo released a determination that China’s atrocities against the Uyghurs and other minorities in Xinjiang amount to genocide, and crimes against humanity.
While birth rates among Uyghur women have indeed been falling, the reason has nothing to do with “reproductive health.” It is the result of Beijing’s coercive population control measures, designed by Beijing to sinicize Xinjiang and obliterate its Uyghur culture.
A detailed and horrifying account of China’s treatment of Uyghur women can be found in a Jamestown Foundation report released in June, 2020, by Dr. Adrian Zenz: “Sterilizations, IUDs, and Mandatory Brth Control: The CCP’s Campaign to Suppress Uyghur Birthrates in Xinjiang.”
Pompeo in his Jan. 19 findings described China’s goal in Xinjiang as “forced assimilation and eventual erasure of vulnerable ethnic and religious minority group,” even as China’s rulers “simultaneously assert their country as a global leader and attempt to remold the international system in their image.”
China’s atrocities against Uyghur women are part of a campaign of wholesale repression and destruction carried out against the entire Uyghur population — women, men and children. Uyghurs have been subjected to constant surveillance, forcibly interned for brainwashing in concentration camps, tortured, beaten and murdered in custody.
When China’s government, including its embassy in Washington, describes its treatment of Uyghur women as policies promoting confidence, independence and “gender equality,” China is trying to cover up its genocidal atrocities with a litany of lies.
Pompeo concluded his statement on Xinjiang with the chilling note: “If the Chinese Communist Party is allowed to commit genocide and crimes against humanity against its own people, imagine what it will be emboldened to do to the free world, in the not-so-distant future.”