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FTR #1143 The Uyghurs and the Destabilization of China, Part 1

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FTR #1143 This pro­gram was record­ed in one, 60-minute seg­ment. 

OUN/B World War II Ukrain­ian prime min­is­ter Jaroslav Stet­sko and then Vice-Pres­i­dent George H.W. Bush

Intro­duc­tion: Pro­vid­ing polit­i­cal con­text for the Covid-19 out­break, the next three pro­grams explore the pro­pa­gan­diz­ing of the Uighur (also spelled “Uyghur”) pop­u­la­tion of Xin­jiang province. The alleged deten­tion of “mil­lions” of Uighurs in Xin­jiang province has been the foun­da­tion for U.S. eco­nom­ic sanc­tions against Chi­na. It has been a major pro­pa­gan­da vehi­cle as well.

(We have fol­lowed the Uighurs and the desta­bi­liza­tion of Chi­na for years, begin­ning with FTR #348.)

One should not fail to note that the efforts of “Team Uighur” are part of the full court press against Chi­na

Like the so-called “pro-democ­ra­cy” move­ment in Hong Kong, the orga­ni­za­tions that make­up “Team Uighur” are inex­tri­ca­bly linked with U.S. intel­li­gence. (We dis­cussed the Nation­al Endow­ment for Democ­ra­cy’s fund­ing of the “pro-Democ­ra­cy move­ment” in Hong Kong in FTR #‘s 1091, 1092 and 1093. NED was found­ed by William Casey, who was deeply involved with the cre­ation of many of the oth­er U.S. intel­li­gence fronts and affil­i­ates that have gen­er­at­ed the Uighur pro­pa­gan­da.)

At a deep­er his­tor­i­cal lev­el, “Team Uighur” is inex­tri­ca­bly linked with the gen­er­at­ing forces of inter­na­tion­al fas­cism.

The Net­work of Chi­nese Human Rights Defend­ers receives financ­ing from the Nation­al Endow­ment for Democ­ra­cy. The Jamestown Foundation–another ele­ment in “Team Uighur” also has its gen­e­sis with William Casey and the Rea­gan admin­is­tra­tion. The wide­ly repeat­ed “study” gen­er­at­ed by the NCHRD is based on inter­views of eight individuals–this in an are with a pop­u­la­tion of 20 mil­lion. ” . . . . In a 2018 report sub­mit­ted to the UN Com­mit­tee on the Elim­i­na­tion of Racial Dis­crim­i­na­tion – often mis­rep­re­sent­ed in West­ern media as a UN-authored report – CHRD ‘estimate[d] that rough­ly one mil­lion mem­bers of eth­nic Uyghurs have been sent to ‘re-edu­ca­tion’ deten­tion camps and rough­ly two mil­lion have been forced to attend ‘re-edu­ca­tion’ pro­grams in Xin­jiang.’ Accord­ing to CHRD, this fig­ure was ‘[b]ased on inter­views and lim­it­ed data.’ While CHRD states that it inter­viewed dozens of eth­nic Uyghurs in the course of its study, their enor­mous esti­mate was ulti­mate­ly based on inter­views with exact­ly eight Uyghur indi­vid­u­als. . . .”

One of the lead­ing pro­pa­gan­dists con­cern­ing “mass incar­cer­a­tion of the Uighurs” is Adri­an Zenz, a dog­mat­ic End Times Chris­t­ian, Ger­man nation­al and senior fel­low in Chi­na stud­ies at the far-right Vic­tims of Com­mu­nism Memo­r­i­al Foun­da­tion, which was estab­lished by the US gov­ern­ment in 1983.”

The Vic­tims of Com­mu­nism Memo­r­i­al Foun­da­tion is an off­shoot of the milieu of the OUN/B. ” . . . . an out­growth of the Nation­al Cap­tive Nations Com­mit­tee, a group found­ed by Ukrain­ian nation­al­ist Lev Dobri­an­sky to lob­by against any effort for detente with the Sovi­et Union. Its co-chair­man, Yaroslav Stet­sko, was a top leader of the fas­cist OUN‑B mili­tia that fought along­side Nazi Ger­many dur­ing its occu­pa­tion of Ukraine in World War Two. . . .” A key fig­ure in the Azov Bat­tal­ion (ele­ments of which were present in Hong Kong) is Roman Zvarych, the per­son­al sec­re­tary for Stet­sko in the ear­ly 1980’s.

” . . . . for­mer­ly Yaroslav Stetsko’s pri­vate sec­re­tary, the U.S.-born Roman Zvarych (1953), rep­re­sents a younger gen­er­a­tion of the Ukrain­ian émi­gré com­mu­ni­ty active dur­ing the Cold War and a direct link from the ABN to the Azov Bat­tal­ion. . . . Zvarych par­tic­i­pat­ed in the activ­i­ties of the Anti-Bol­she­vik Bloc of Nations in the 1980s. . . . In Feb­ru­ary 2005, after Vik­tor Yushchenko’s elec­tion, Zvarych was appoint­ed Min­is­ter of Jus­tice. . . . Accord­ing to Andriy Bilet­sky, the first com­man­der of the Azov bat­tal­ion, a civ­il para­mil­i­tary unit cre­at­ed in the wake of the Euro­maid­an, Zvarych was head of the head­quar­ters of the Azov Cen­tral Com­mit­tee in 2015 and sup­port­ed the Azov bat­tal­ion with ‘vol­un­teers’ and polit­i­cal advice through his Zvarych Foun­da­tion. . . .”

Zenz has also gen­er­at­ed his fig­ures from high­ly ques­tion­able sources: ” . . . . Like the CHRD, Zenz arrived at his esti­mate ‘over 1 mil­lion’ in a dubi­ous man­ner. He based it on a sin­gle report by Istiqlal TV, a Uyghur exile media orga­ni­za­tion based in Turkey . . . . Far from an impar­tial jour­nal­is­tic orga­ni­za­tion, Istiqlal TV advances the sep­a­ratist cause while play­ing host to an assort­ment of extrem­ist fig­ures. One such char­ac­ter who often appears on Istiqlal TV is Abdulka­dir Yapuquan, a report­ed leader of the East Turkestan Islam­ic Move­ment (ETIM), a sep­a­ratist group that aims to estab­lish an inde­pen­dent home­land in Xin­jiang called East Turkestan. . . .”

The “pro-Democ­ra­cy” move­ment in Hong Kong also fea­tures Ukrain­ian Nazi elements–part of what we have called the “Earth Island Boo­gie.”

In numer­ous pro­grams, we have not­ed inter­na­tion­al net­work­ing between the Ukrain­ian Nazi Azov Bat­tal­ion and ele­ments around the world:

  1. Azov is part of the “Inter­mar­i­um Revival” that is seen as using Naz­i­fi­ca­tion of the Ukraine “piv­ot point” as a spring­board for a glob­al Nazi takeover.
  2. Amer­i­can Nazis and white suprema­cists are among the ele­ments net­work­ing with Azov and then “bring­ing it all back home” to their native lands.
  3. Azov Bat­tal­ion and Pravy Sek­tor (“Right Sec­tor”) ele­ments have decamped to Hong Kong, net­work­ing with the so-called “Pro-Democ­ra­cy” forces and work­ing on behalf of EU NGOs. This was dis­cussed in FTR #1103.

Emblem of the Ukrain­ian Azov Bat­tal­ion

Azov’s Hong Kong com­pa­tri­ots have adopt­ed the OUN/B slo­gan, now the offi­cial salute of the Ukrain­ian police and mil­i­tary. ” . . . . The inter­est has been mutu­al, with Hong Kong’s ‘democ­rats’ draw­ing inspi­ra­tion from Ukraine’s pro-West­ern Euro­maid­an ‘rev­o­lu­tion’ that has empow­ered far-right, fascis­tic forces. Hong Kong pro­test­ers have embraced the slo­gan ‘Glo­ry to Hong Kong’, adapt­ed from ‘Sla­va Ukrayi­ni’ or ‘Glo­ry to Ukraine’, a slo­gan invent­ed by Ukrain­ian fas­cists and used by Nazi col­lab­o­ra­tors dur­ing WWII that was re-pop­u­lar­ized by the Euro­maid­an move­ment. . . . ”

Joshua Wong–“boy won­der” and dar­ling of the Amer­i­can MSM–has dou­bled down on affin­i­ty with Ukraine: ” . . . . ‘No mat­ter the dif­fer­ences between Ukraine and Hong Kong, our fights for free­dom and democ­ra­cy are the same,’ Joshua Wong told The Kyiv Post in 2019. ‘[W]e have to learn from Ukraini­ans… and show sol­i­dar­i­ty. Ukraine con­front­ed the force of Rus­sia — we are fac­ing the force of Bei­jing.’ . . . .”

The pro­gram con­cludes with atten­u­at­ed dis­cus­sion of Third Reich vet­er­an and CIA offi­cer Ruzi (also “Ruzy”) Nazar. A vet­er­an of the SS Dirlewanger Brigade, Nazar was liais­ing with the fas­cist Nation­al Action Par­ty (also “Nation­al Move­ment Par­ty”) of Alparslan Turkes at the time its Grey Wolves cadre was involved with shoot­ing the Pope, an act that appears to have been a provo­ca­tion.

In AFA #‘s 14 and 21, we not­ed that Nazar rep­re­sent­ed the Anti Bol­she­vik Bloc of Nations at the 1984 WACL con­fer­ence in Dal­las, Texas.

1a. The alleged deten­tion of “mil­lions” of Uighurs in Xin­jiang province has been the foun­da­tion for U.S. eco­nom­ic sanc­tions against Chi­na. It has been a major pro­pa­gan­da vehi­cle as well.

“U.S. Impos­es More Sanc­tions for Human Rights Abus­es in Chi­na” by Ana Swan­son; The New York Times; 7/21/2020; p. B3.

The Trump admin­is­tra­tion on Mon­day barred 11 New Chi­nese com­pa­nies from pur­chas­ing Amer­i­can tech­nol­o­gy and prod­ucts with­out a spe­cial license, say­ing the firms were comp[licit in human rights vio­la­tions in Chi­na’s cam­paign tar­get­ing Mus­lim minori­ties in the Xin­jiang region.

The list of sanc­tioned com­pa­nies includes cur­rent and for­mer sup­pli­ers to major inter­na­tion­al brands such as Apple, Ralph Lau­ren, Google, HP, Tom­my Hil­figer, Hugo Boss and Muji, accord­ing a report by the Aus­tralian Strate­gic Pol­i­cy Insti­tute, a think tank estab­lished by the Aus­tralian gov­ern­ment. The group cit­ed the web­sites of the sanc­tioned Chi­nese com­pa­nies, which men­tioned their finan­cial rela­tion­ships with major Amer­i­can brands.

The admin­is­tra­tion’s announce­ment could pre­cip­i­tate more efforts by promi­nent  cloth­ing and tech­nol­o­gy brands to sev­er ties with opaque sup­ply chains that touch on Xin­jiang, a major source of cot­ton, tex­tiles, petro­chem­i­cals and oth­er goods that feed into Chi­nese fac­to­ries.

Human rights groups and jour­nal­ists have doc­u­ment­ed a cam­paign of mass deten­tions car­ried out by the Chi­nese gov­ern­ment in Xin­jiang, in which one mil­lion or more mem­bers of Mus­lim and oth­er minor­i­ty groups have been placed into large intern­ment camps intend­ed to increase their loy­al­ty to the Com­mu­nist Par­ty. . . .

1b. Turn­ing to the major focal point of the broad­casts, we note that the orga­ni­za­tions involved with dis­sem­i­nat­ing the Uighur pro­pa­gan­da have deep con­nec­tions to U.S. intel­li­gence fronts.

The Net­work of Chi­nese Human Rights Defend­ers receives financ­ing from the Nation­al Endow­ment for Democ­ra­cy. The Jamestown Foundation–another ele­ment in “Team Uighur” also has its gen­e­sis with William Casey and the Rea­gan admin­is­tra­tion.

The wide­ly repeat­ed “study” gen­er­at­ed by the NCHRD is based on inter­views of eight individuals–this in an are with a pop­u­la­tion of 20 mil­lion. ” . . . . In a 2018 report sub­mit­ted to the UN Com­mit­tee on the Elim­i­na­tion of Racial Dis­crim­i­na­tion – often mis­rep­re­sent­ed in West­ern media as a UN-authored report – CHRD ‘estimate[d] that rough­ly one mil­lion mem­bers of eth­nic Uyghurs have been sent to ‘re-edu­ca­tion’ deten­tion camps and rough­ly two mil­lion have been forced to attend ‘re-edu­ca­tion’ pro­grams in Xin­jiang.’ Accord­ing to CHRD, this fig­ure was ‘[b]ased on inter­views and lim­it­ed data.’ While CHRD states that it inter­viewed dozens of eth­nic Uyghurs in the course of its study, their enor­mous esti­mate was ulti­mate­ly based on inter­views with exact­ly eight Uyghur indi­vid­u­als. . . .”

One of the lead­ing pro­pa­gan­dists con­cern­ing “mass incar­cer­a­tion of the Uighurs” is Adri­an Zenz, a dog­mat­ic End Times Chris­t­ian, Ger­man nation­al and “senior fel­low in Chi­na stud­ies at the far-right Vic­tims of Com­mu­nism Memo­r­i­al Foun­da­tion, which was estab­lished by the US gov­ern­ment in 1983.”

The Vic­tims of Com­mu­nism Memo­r­i­al Foun­da­tion is an off­shoot of the milieu of the OUN/B. ” . . . . an out­growth of the Nation­al Cap­tive Nations Com­mit­tee, a group found­ed by Ukrain­ian nation­al­ist Lev Dobri­an­sky to lob­by against any effort for detente with the Sovi­et Union. Its co-chair­man, Yaroslav Stet­sko, was a top leader of the fas­cist OUN‑B mili­tia that fought along­side Nazi Ger­many dur­ing its occu­pa­tion of Ukraine in World War Two. . . .” A key fig­ure in the Azov Bat­tal­ion (ele­ments of which were present in Hong Kong) is Roman Zvarych, the per­son­al sec­re­tary for Stet­sko in the ear­ly 1980’s.

” . . . . for­mer­ly Yaroslav Stetsko’s pri­vate sec­re­tary, the U.S.-born Roman Zvarych (1953), rep­re­sents a younger gen­er­a­tion of the Ukrain­ian émi­gré com­mu­ni­ty active dur­ing the Cold War and a direct link from the ABN to the Azov Bat­tal­ion. . . . Zvarych par­tic­i­pat­ed in the activ­i­ties of the Anti-Bol­she­vik Bloc of Nations in the 1980s. . . . In Feb­ru­ary 2005, after Vik­tor Yushchenko’s elec­tion, Zvarych was appoint­ed Min­is­ter of Jus­tice. . . . Accord­ing to Andriy Bilet­sky, the first com­man­der of the Azov bat­tal­ion, a civ­il para­mil­i­tary unit cre­at­ed in the wake of the Euro­maid­an, Zvarych was head of the head­quar­ters of the Azov Cen­tral Com­mit­tee in 2015 and sup­port­ed the Azov bat­tal­ion with ‘vol­un­teers’ and polit­i­cal advice through his Zvarych Foun­da­tion. . . .”

Zenz has also gen­er­at­ed his fig­ures from high­ly ques­tion­able sources: ” . . . . Like the CHRD, Zenz arrived at his esti­mate “over 1 mil­lion” in a dubi­ous man­ner. He based it on a sin­gle report by Istiqlal TV, a Uyghur exile media orga­ni­za­tion based in Turkey . . . . Far from an impar­tial jour­nal­is­tic orga­ni­za­tion, Istiqlal TV advances the sep­a­ratist cause while play­ing host to an assort­ment of extrem­ist fig­ures. One such char­ac­ter who often appears on Istiqlal TV is Abdulka­dir Yapuquan, a report­ed leader of the East Turkestan Islam­ic Move­ment (ETIM), a sep­a­ratist group that aims to estab­lish an inde­pen­dent home­land in Xin­jiang called East Turkestan. . . .”

“Chi­na Detain­ing Mil­lions of Uyghurs? Seri­ous Prob­lems with Claims by US-backed NGO and Far-Right Researcher ‘Led by God’ Against Bei­jing” by Ajit Singh and Max Blu­men­thal; The Gray­zone; 12/21/2019.

The US House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives passed the Uyghur Human Rights Pol­i­cy Act on Decem­ber 3, leg­is­la­tion which calls for the Don­ald Trump admin­is­tra­tion to impose sanc­tions against Chi­na over alle­ga­tions that Bei­jing has detained mil­lions of Mus­lim-major­i­ty Uyghurs in the west­ern region of Xin­jiang.

To drum up sup­port for the sanc­tions bill, West­ern gov­ern­ments and media out­lets have por­trayed the People’s Repub­lic as a human rights vio­la­tor on par with Nazi Ger­many. Repub­li­can Rep. Chris Smith, for instance, denounced the Chi­nese gov­ern­ment for what he called the “mass intern­ment of mil­lions on a scale not seen since the Holo­caust,” in “mod­ern-day con­cen­tra­tion camps.”

The claim that Chi­na has detained mil­lions of eth­nic Uyghurs in its Xin­jiang region is repeat­ed with increas­ing fre­quen­cy, but lit­tle scruti­ny is ever applied. Yet a clos­er look at the fig­ure and how it was obtained reveals a seri­ous defi­cien­cy in data.

While this extra­or­di­nary claim is treat­ed as unas­sail­able in the West, it is, in fact, based on two high­ly dubi­ous “stud­ies.”

The first, by the US gov­ern­ment-backed Net­work of Chi­nese Human Rights Defend­ers, formed its esti­mate by inter­view­ing a grand total of eight peo­ple.

The sec­ond study relied on flim­sy media reports and spec­u­la­tion. It was authored by Adri­an Zenz, a far-right fun­da­men­tal­ist Chris­t­ian who oppos­es homo­sex­u­al­i­ty and gen­der equal­i­ty, sup­ports “scrip­tur­al spank­ing” of chil­dren, and believes he is “led by God” on a “mis­sion” against Chi­na.

As Wash­ing­ton ratch­ets up pres­sure on Chi­na, Zenz has been lift­ed out of obscu­ri­ty and trans­formed almost overnight into a go-to pun­dit on Xin­jiang. He has tes­ti­fied before Con­gress, pro­vid­ing com­men­tary in out­lets from the Wall Street Jour­nal to Democ­ra­cy Now!, and deliv­er­ing expert quotes in the Inter­na­tion­al Con­sor­tium of Inves­tiga­tive Jour­nal­ists’ recent “Chi­na Cables” report. His Twit­ter bio notes that he is “mov­ing across the Atlantic” from his native Ger­many.

Before Gray­zone edi­tor Max Blu­men­thal ques­tioned Zenz about his reli­gious “mis­sion,” at a recent event about Xin­jiang inside the US Capi­tol, he had received almost entire­ly uncrit­i­cal pro­mo­tion from West­ern media.

The Net­work of Chi­nese Human Rights Defend­ers, which first pop­u­lar­ized the “mil­lions detained” fig­ure, has also been able to oper­ate with­out a hint of media scruti­ny.

Wash­ing­ton-backed NGO claims mil­lions detained after inter­view­ing eight peo­ple

The “mil­lions detained” fig­ure was first pop­u­lar­ized by a Wash­ing­ton, DC-based NGO that is backed by the US gov­ern­ment, the Net­work of Chi­nese Human Rights Defend­ers (CHRD).

In a 2018 report sub­mit­ted to the UN Com­mit­tee on the Elim­i­na­tion of Racial Dis­crim­i­na­tion – often mis­rep­re­sent­ed in West­ern media as a UN-authored report – CHRD “estimate[d] that rough­ly one mil­lion mem­bers of eth­nic Uyghurs have been sent to ‘re-edu­ca­tion’ deten­tion camps and rough­ly two mil­lion have been forced to attend ‘re-edu­ca­tion’ pro­grams in Xin­jiang.” Accord­ing to CHRD, this fig­ure was “[b]ased on inter­views and lim­it­ed data.”

While CHRD states that it inter­viewed dozens of eth­nic Uyghurs in the course of its study, their enor­mous esti­mate was ulti­mate­ly based on inter­views with exact­ly eight Uyghur indi­vid­u­als.

Based on this absurd­ly small sam­ple of research sub­jects in an area whose total pop­u­la­tion is 20 mil­lion, CHRD “extrap­o­lat­ed esti­mates” that “at least 10% of vil­lagers […] are being detained in re-edu­ca­tion deten­tion camps, and 20% are being forced to attend day/evening re-edu­ca­tion camps in the vil­lages or town­ships, total­ing 30% in both types of camps.”

Apply­ing these esti­mat­ed rates to the entire­ty of Xin­jiang, CHRD arrived at the fig­ures sub­mit­ted to the UN claim­ing that one mil­lion eth­nic Uyghurs have been detained in “re-edu­ca­tion deten­tion camps” and two mil­lion more have been “forced to attend day/evening re-edu­ca­tion ses­sions”.

Thanks to ques­tion­able sources like the CHRD, the Unit­ed States gov­ern­ment has accused Chi­na of “arbi­trar­i­ly detain[ing] 800,000 to pos­si­bly more than two mil­lion Uighurs, eth­nic Kaza­khs, and oth­er Mus­lims in intern­ment camps designed to erase reli­gious and eth­nic iden­ti­ties.”

Tes­ti­fy­ing before the Sen­ate For­eign Rela­tions Com­mit­tee in 2018, State Depart­ment offi­cial Scott Bus­by stat­ed this this “is the U.S. gov­ern­ment assess­ment, backed by our intel­li­gence com­mu­ni­ty and open source report­ing.”

The Chi­nese gov­ern­ment has reject­ed US alle­ga­tions, and claims that it has in fact estab­lished “voca­tion­al edu­ca­tion and train­ing cen­ters […] to pre­vent the breed­ing and spread of ter­ror­ism and reli­gious extrem­ism.” The Chi­nese For­eign Min­istry has stat­ed that “there [are] no so-called ‘re-edu­ca­tion camps’ in Xin­jiang at all. The voca­tion­al edu­ca­tion and train­ing cen­ters legal­ly oper­at­ed in Xin­jiang aim to help a small num­ber of peo­ple affect­ed by ter­ror­ist and extrem­ist ide­olo­gies and equip them with skills, so that they can be self-reliant and re-inte­grate into soci­ety.”

In its mount­ing pres­sure cam­paign against Chi­na, the US is not only rely­ing on CHRD for data; it is direct­ly fund­ing its oper­a­tions. As Ben Nor­ton and Ajit Singh pre­vi­ous­ly report­ed for The Gray­zone, CHRD receives sig­nif­i­cant finan­cial sup­port from Washington’s regime-change arm, the Nation­al Endow­ment for Democ­ra­cy (NED).

The NGO has spent years cam­paign­ing on behalf of extreme right-wing oppo­si­tion fig­ures who cel­e­brate colo­nial­ism and call for the “West­ern­iza­tion” of Chi­na. . . . .

‘Lead­ing expert’ on Xin­jiang relies on spec­u­la­tion and one ques­tion­able media report

The sec­ond key source for claims that Chi­na has detained mil­lions of Uyghur Mus­lims is Adri­an Zenz. He is a senior fel­low in Chi­na stud­ies at the far-right Vic­tims of Com­mu­nism Memo­r­i­al Foun­da­tion, which was estab­lished by the US gov­ern­ment in 1983.

The Vic­tims of Com­mu­nism Memo­r­i­al Foun­da­tion is an out­growth of the Nation­al Cap­tive Nations Com­mit­tee, a group found­ed by Ukrain­ian nation­al­ist Lev Dobri­an­sky to lob­by against any effort for detente with the Sovi­et Union. Its co-chair­man, Yaroslav Stet­sko, was a top leader of the fas­cist OUN‑B mili­tia that fought along­side Nazi Ger­many dur­ing its occu­pa­tion of Ukraine in World War Two. Togeth­er, the two helped found the World Anti-Com­mu­nist League that was described by jour­nal­ist Joe Cona­son as “the orga­ni­za­tion­al haven for neo-Nazis, fas­cists, and anti-Semit­ic extrem­ists from two dozen coun­tries.”

Today, Dobriansky’s daugh­ter, Paula, sits on the board of the Vic­tims of Com­mu­nism Memo­r­i­al Foun­da­tion. A for­mer Rea­gan and George HW Bush offi­cial and sig­na­to­ry of the orig­i­nal Project for a New Amer­i­can Cen­tu­ry doc­u­ment, Paula Dobri­an­sky has become a fix­ture in neo­con­ser­v­a­tive cir­cles on Capi­tol Hill.

From its office in Wash­ing­ton, the Vic­tims of Com­mu­nism Memo­r­i­al Foun­da­tion agi­tates for regime change from Venezuela to the periph­ery of Chi­na, advanc­ing the “dou­ble geno­cide” the­o­ry that rewrites the his­to­ry of the Holo­caust and posits com­mu­nism as a dead­ly evil on par with Hit­ler­ian fas­cism.

Zenz’s politi­cized research on Xin­jiang and Tibet has proven one of this right-wing group’s most effec­tive weapons.

In Sep­tem­ber of 2018, Zenz wrote an arti­cle pub­lished in the Cen­tral Asian Sur­vey jour­nal con­clud­ing that “Xinjiang’s total re-edu­ca­tion intern­ment fig­ure may be esti­mat­ed at just over one mil­lion.” (A con­densed ver­sion of the arti­cle was ini­tial­ly pub­lished by the Jamestown Foun­da­tion, a neo­con­ser­v­a­tive think tank found­ed dur­ing the height of the Cold War by Rea­gan admin­is­tra­tion per­son­nel with the sup­port of then-CIA Direc­tor William J. Casey).

Like the CHRD, Zenz arrived at his esti­mate “over 1 mil­lion” in a dubi­ous man­ner. He based it on a sin­gle report by Istiqlal TV, a Uyghur exile media orga­ni­za­tion based in Turkey, which was repub­lished by Newsweek Japan. Far from an impar­tial jour­nal­is­tic orga­ni­za­tion, Istiqlal TV advances the sep­a­ratist cause while play­ing host to an assort­ment of extrem­ist fig­ures.

One such char­ac­ter who often appears on Istiqlal TV is Abdulka­dir Yapuquan, a report­ed leader of the East Turkestan Islam­ic Move­ment (ETIM), a sep­a­ratist group that aims to estab­lish an inde­pen­dent home­land in Xin­jiang called East Turkestan.

ETIM has been des­ig­nat­ed as a ter­ror­ist orga­ni­za­tion with ties to al-Qae­da by the USEuro­pean Union, and UN Secu­ri­ty Council’s Al-Qai­da Sanc­tions Com­mit­teeThe Asso­ci­at­ed Press has report­ed that since “2013, thou­sands of Uighurs… have trav­eled to Syr­ia to train with the Uighur mil­i­tant group Turk­istan Islam­ic Par­ty and fight along­side al-Qai­da,” with “sev­er­al hun­dred join[ing] the Islam­ic State.”

The Turk­istan Islam­ic Par­ty (TIP) has been among the most recal­ci­trant forces oper­at­ing in the Al Qae­da-con­trolled Idlib province, reject­ing all cease­fire efforts while indoc­tri­nat­ing chil­dren into mil­i­tan­cy. TIP lead­er­ship has called on for­eign Mus­lims to wage jihad in Syr­ia, pub­lish­ing an online recruit­ment video in 2018 that cel­e­brat­ed the 9/11 attacks as holy retal­i­a­tion against a deca­dent Unit­ed States awash in homo­sex­u­al­i­ty and sin.

Accord­ing to the Los Ange­les Times, Yapuquan is “a reg­u­lar guest on Istiqlal TV… where his inter­views often extend­ed into hours-long emo­tion­al tirades against Chi­na.”

Turk­ish jour­nal­ist Abdul­lah Bozkurt report­ed that Istiqlal TV has also host­ed fanat­i­cal anti-Semi­tes like Nured­din Yıldız, who in an inter­view on the net­work, “called for armed jihad not only in China’s autonomous Xin­jiang region but all over the world and described Chi­na as a nation of sav­ages, worse than the Jews.”

The Istiqlal TV report relied on by Zenz pub­lished an unver­i­fied table of “re-edu­ca­tion detainee fig­ures” alleged­ly “leaked” by Chi­nese author­i­ties, total­ing 892,000 indi­vid­u­als in 68 Xin­jiang coun­ties as of Spring 2018.

Zenz pads this data by cit­ing reports from Radio Free Asia, a US-fund­ed news agency cre­at­ed by the CIA dur­ing the Cold War to pro­pa­gan­dize against Chi­na. (The Uyghur Human Rights Act recent­ly passed by Con­gress man­dates the US Agency for Glob­al Media – the gov­ern­men­tal par­ent of Radio Free Asia – to report on Xin­jiang, includ­ing “assess­ments of Chi­nese pro­pa­gan­da strate­gies.”)

With his cob­bling of ques­tion­able sources, Zenz extrap­o­lates an extreme­ly broad esti­mate “at any­where between sev­er­al hun­dred thou­sand and just over one mil­lion.”

While admit­ting that “there is no cer­tain­ty” to his esti­mate, he has con­clud­ed that it is nev­er­the­less “rea­son­able to spec­u­late.” He attempt­ed to evade per­son­al respon­si­bil­i­ty for the figure’s ques­tion­able reli­a­bil­i­ty, how­ev­er, by stat­ing “[t]he accu­ra­cy of this esti­mate is of course pred­i­cat­ed on the sup­posed valid­i­ty of the stat­ed sources.”

As time goes on, Zenz con­tin­ues to inflate his spec­u­la­tive esti­mate of Uyghur detainees. Speak­ing at an event orga­nized by the US mis­sion in Gene­va in March 2019, Zenz stat­ed, “Although it is spec­u­la­tive it seems appro­pri­ate to esti­mate that up to 1.5 mil­lion eth­nic minori­ties [have been detained by Chi­na in Xin­jiang].” Zenz bumped up his esti­mate again in a Novem­ber 2019 inter­view with Radio Free Asia, claim­ing Chi­na was detain­ing 1.8 mil­lion peo­ple.

In an inter­view with Der Spiegel, Zenz claimed that Chi­na has effec­tive­ly out­lawed the prac­tice of Islam in Xin­jiang. “Any­one in Xin­jiang who engages in any type of reli­gious prac­tice, any­one who even has a sin­gle Koran verse saved on their mobile phone, will be sub­ject­ed to a bru­tal process of reed­u­ca­tion with­out tri­al,” he main­tained.

These incen­di­ary claims have vault­ed Zenz to the sta­tus of inter­na­tion­al “expert” on Xin­jiang, earned him invites to tes­ti­fy before US Con­gress and Cana­di­an Par­lia­ment, and to deliv­er com­men­tary in major US media out­lets includ­ing The New York TimesThe Wash­ing­ton PostCNN, and Democ­ra­cy Now!

Zenz has also been fea­tured by the Inter­na­tion­al Con­sor­tium of Inves­tiga­tive Jour­nal­ists (ICIJ) as the lead­ing author­i­ty legit­imiz­ing their recent “Chi­na Cables” inves­ti­ga­tion. The ICIJ report asserts that “[l]inguists, doc­u­ment and Xin­jiang experts, includ­ing Zenz, who reviewed the doc­u­ments have expressed con­fi­dence in their authen­tic­i­ty.”

Giv­en Zenz’s habit of spec­u­la­tion and the ques­tion­able reli­a­bil­i­ty of the lone Istiqlal TV media report he relies on for his esti­mates, it is trou­bling that West­ern gov­ern­ments and media have accept­ed and pro­mot­ed his claims with­out a trace of skep­ti­cism.

A clos­er look at Zenz’s own bias­es should mag­ni­fy these con­cerns, as he is a full-blown evan­gel­i­cal End Timer who appears to be believe that God has sent him on a holy cru­sade against the People’s Repub­lic of Chi­na.

Fun­da­men­tal­ist Chris­t­ian ‘led by God’ in mis­sion against Chi­na, homo­sex­u­al­i­ty, and gen­der equal­i­ty

A born-again Chris­t­ian who claims to preach at his local church, Adri­an Zenz is a lec­tur­er at the Euro­pean School of Cul­ture and The­ol­o­gy. This ano­dyne-sound­ing cam­pus is actu­al­ly the Ger­man base of Colum­bia Inter­na­tion­al Uni­ver­si­ty, a US-based evan­gel­i­cal Chris­t­ian sem­i­nary which con­sid­ers the “Bible [to be] the ulti­mate foun­da­tion and the final truth in every aspect of our lives,” and whose mis­sion is to “edu­cate peo­ple from a bib­li­cal world­view to impact the nations with the mes­sage of Christ.”

Zenz’s work on Chi­na is inspired by this bib­li­cal world­view, as he recent­ly explained in an inter­view with the Wall Street Jour­nal. “I feel very clear­ly led by God to do this,” he said. “I can put it that way. I’m not afraid to say that. With Xin­jiang, things real­ly changed. It became like a mis­sion, or a min­istry.”

Along with his “mis­sion” against Chi­na, heav­en­ly guid­ance has appar­ent­ly prompt­ed Zenz to denounce homo­sex­u­al­i­ty, gen­der equal­i­ty, and the ban­ning of phys­i­cal pun­ish­ment against chil­dren as threats to Chris­tian­i­ty.

Zenz out­lined these views in a book he co-authored in 2012, titled Wor­thy to Escape: Why All Believ­ers Will Not Be Rap­tured Before the Tribu­la­tion. In the tome, Zenz dis­cussed the return of Jesus Christ, the com­ing wrath of God, and the rise of the Antichrist.

Zenz pre­dict­ed that the future fall of cap­i­tal­ism will bring to pow­er the Antichrist with­in a “few decades.” He iden­ti­fied the force that “will ush­er the Antichrist into pow­er” as “the eco­nom­ic and finan­cial fall of ‘Baby­lon,’ with ‘Baby­lon’ sym­bol­i­cal­ly rep­re­sent­ing the world’s glob­al eco­nom­ic sys­tem (cap­i­tal­ism).”

Along with the fall of cap­i­tal­ism, Zenz also views “post­mod­ern rel­a­tivism and tol­er­ance think­ing” and their appar­ent pro­mo­tion of homo­sex­u­al­i­ty, gen­der equal­i­ty, and non-vio­lent par­ent­ing to be threats to Chris­tian­i­ty and “[t]he decep­tive, leop­ard-like pow­er behind the Antichrist.”

“It is very like­ly that the glob­al per­se­cu­tion of true believ­ers will cen­ter on the charge that they pro­mote ‘intol­er­ant views,’” Zenz wrote, “espe­cial­ly relat­ed to preach­ing against homo­sex­u­al­i­ty.”

Zenz argued that “[h]ate crime and anti-dis­crim­i­na­tion laws will like­ly play a major role in the sup­pres­sion of bib­li­cal Chris­tian­i­ty” and formed part of an “anti-Chris­t­ian ‘tol­er­ance’ cam­paign” because they “for­bid employ­ers to dis­crim­i­nate based on gen­der or sex­u­al ori­en­ta­tions.”

“The out­come of this process is open rebel­lion against both God and God-giv­en human author­i­ty struc­tures”, Zenz stat­ed, decry­ing that “[r]ising num­bers of coun­tries are ban­ning all forms of phys­i­cal pun­ish­ment of chil­dren, the pri­ma­ry scrip­tur­al method for instill­ing respect for author­i­ty in the young gen­er­a­tion and pro­tect­ing them from rebel­lious ten­den­cies.” Zenz assures read­ers that “true scrip­tur­al spank­ing is lov­ing dis­ci­pline and not vio­lence.”

“Anoth­er impor­tant God-giv­en author­i­ty struc­ture that Satan is attack­ing through the post­mod­ern spir­it is that of gen­der author­i­ty struc­tures”, Zenz con­tin­ued. “Through notions of gen­der equal­i­ty […] the ene­my is under­min­ing God’s unique but dif­fer­ent role assign­ments for men and women.”

Giv­en these obscu­ran­tist right-wing views, it is not sur­pris­ing that Zenz’s pro­claimed con­cern for the con­di­tion of Mus­lims in Chi­na does not seem to extend to Mus­lims else­where.

A search of Zenz’s Twit­ter pro­file returns no tweets con­cern­ing the rise of Islam­o­pho­bia in the West, nor US wars and drone strikes against Mus­lim-major­i­ty coun­tries. The only Tweet by Zenz con­cern­ing Mus­lims that is unre­lat­ed to Chi­na is a denial that there is a dou­ble stan­dard in how vio­lence is judged when com­mit­ted by white peo­ple com­pared to Mus­lims.

‘The End Times is a very fascinating topic’

In his Decem­ber 10, 2019 tes­ti­mo­ny to the House For­eign Affairs Com­mit­tee, Adri­an Zenz took a vic­to­ry lap of sorts for Con­gress’ pas­sage of the Uyghur Human Rights Act the week before, which placed new sanc­tions on the Chi­nese gov­ern­ment. Cit­ing the bill’s suc­cess, he called for open­ing a new front against Chi­na with a US inves­ti­ga­tion into “invol­un­tary labor in rela­tion to Xin­jiang.”

That same day, Zenz also appeared on a pan­el ded­i­cat­ed to Xin­jiang that was host­ed by the Vic­tims of Com­mu­nism Memo­r­i­al Foun­da­tion in the US Capi­tol Vis­i­tor Cen­ter.

On hand were Repub­li­can heavy­weights like Sam Brown­back, the fero­cious­ly anti-LGBT, anti-abor­tion for­mer gov­er­nor of Kansas and cur­rent US ambas­sador-at-large for reli­gious free­dom, as well as top staffers of Sen. Mar­co Rubio, the spon­sor of vir­tu­al­ly every Chi­na sanc­tions bill to be rub­ber-stamped by Con­gress in recent weeks.

Dur­ing a ques­tion-and-answer ses­sion, The Gray­zone edi­tor Max Blu­men­thal asked Zenz about his fun­da­men­tal­ist reli­gious views and far-right pol­i­tics.

Zenz did not dis­tance him­self from his past state­ments denounc­ing gen­der equal­i­ty and “tol­er­ance think­ing,” or his advo­ca­cy for the “scrip­tur­al spank­ing” of chil­dren. Instead, he assert­ed that there was no incon­sis­ten­cy between those views and the qual­i­ty of his research on China’s Xin­jiang region.

“I do have a diverse back­ground and I have per­son­al con­nec­tions which I do not believe are incon­sis­tent with my research,” Zenz respond­ed to Blu­men­thal. “I do not sup­port China’s author­i­tar­i­an meth­ods in any way, and I do believe there’s a God who is bring­ing judg­ment in dif­fer­ent forms. The End Times is a very fas­ci­nat­ing top­ic, a very com­plex top­ic, and I think, very rel­e­vant. And I think it’s good to live aware of that.”

Moments lat­er, a vis­i­bly upset young man rose from his seat to “con­demn the tankie Max Blu­men­thal.” Unleash­ing a tor­rent of insults at Blu­men­thal, he made no attempt to refute the journalist’s line of ques­tion­ing.

The rig­or­ous­ly enforced con­vic­tion on dis­play in the polit­i­cal­ly her­met­ic cham­bers of the US Capi­tol also encom­pass­es the whole of West­ern media, where even pur­port­ed­ly pro­gres­sive out­lets have pro­vid­ed Zenz with an uncrit­i­cal plat­form.

From Washington’s halls of pow­er to major news­rooms, few are will­ing to let incon­ve­nient facts get in the way of a new, unde­ni­ably faith-based Cold War cru­sade.

2. In numer­ous pro­grams, we have not­ed inter­na­tion­al net­work­ing between the Ukrain­ian Nazi Azov Bat­tal­ion and ele­ments around the world:

  1. Azov is part of the “Inter­mar­i­um Revival” that is seen as using Naz­i­fi­ca­tion of the Ukraine “piv­ot point” as a spring­board for a glob­al Nazi takeover.
  2. Amer­i­can Nazis and white suprema­cists are among the ele­ments net­work­ing with Azov and then “bring­ing it all back home” to their native lands.
  3. Azov Bat­tal­ion and Pravy Sek­tor (“Right Sec­tor”) ele­ments have decamped to Hong Kong, net­work­ing with the so-called “Pro-Democ­ra­cy” forces and work­ing on behalf of EU NGOs. This was dis­cussed in FTR #1103.

Emblem of the Ukrain­ian Azov Bat­tal­ion

Azov’s Hong Kong com­pa­tri­ots have adopt­ed the OUN/B slo­gan, now the offi­cial salute of the Ukrain­ian police and mil­i­tary. ” . . . . The inter­est has been mutu­al, with Hong Kong’s ‘democ­rats’ draw­ing inspi­ra­tion from Ukraine’s pro-West­ern Euro­maid­an ‘rev­o­lu­tion’ that has empow­ered far-right, fascis­tic forces. Hong Kong pro­test­ers have embraced the slo­gan ‘Glo­ry to Hong Kong’, adapt­ed from ‘Sla­va Ukrayi­ni’ or ‘Glo­ry to Ukraine’, a slo­gan invent­ed by Ukrain­ian fas­cists and used by Nazi col­lab­o­ra­tors dur­ing WWII that was re-pop­u­lar­ized by the Euro­maid­an move­ment. . . . ”

Joshua Wong–“boy won­der” and dar­ling of the Amer­i­can MSM–has dou­bled down on affin­i­ty with Ukraine: ” . . . . ‘No mat­ter the dif­fer­ences between Ukraine and Hong Kong, our fights for free­dom and democ­ra­cy are the same,’ Joshua Wong told The Kyiv Post in 2019. ‘[W]e have to learn from Ukraini­ans… and show sol­i­dar­i­ty. Ukraine con­front­ed the force of Rus­sia — we are fac­ing the force of Bei­jing.’ . . . .”

“Hong Kong’s ‘Pro Democ­ra­cy’ Move­ment Allies with US Politi­cians Who Seek to Crush Black Lives Mat­ter” by Ajit Singh [The Gray­zone]; Con­sor­tium News; 6/10/2020.

. . . . In recent days, the Black Lives Mat­ter move­ment has been ter­ror­ized by white vig­i­lante groups. Mean­while, Hong Kong’s “pro-democ­ra­cy” protests have served as a mag­net for the U.S.  and Euro­pean far-right sup­port­ers. The ultra-right pil­grim­ages to Hong Kong have includ­ed numer­ous Amer­i­can white nation­al­ists and Ukrain­ian neo-Nazis who pre­vi­ous­ly fought in the fas­cist para­mil­i­tary group, Azov Bat­tal­ion.

The inter­est has been mutu­al, with Hong Kong’s “democ­rats” draw­ing inspi­ra­tion from Ukraine’s pro-West­ern Euro­maid­an “rev­o­lu­tion” that has empow­ered far-right, fascis­tic forces. Hong Kong pro­test­ers have embraced the slo­gan “Glo­ry to Hong Kong”, adapt­ed from “Sla­va Ukrayi­ni” or “Glo­ry to Ukraine”, a slo­gan invent­ed by Ukrain­ian fas­cists and used by Nazi col­lab­o­ra­tors dur­ing WWII that was re-pop­u­lar­ized by the Euro­maid­an move­ment.

“No mat­ter the dif­fer­ences between Ukraine and Hong Kong, our fights for free­dom and democ­ra­cy are the same,” Joshua Wong told The Kyiv Post in 2019. “[W]e have to learn from Ukraini­ans… and show sol­i­dar­i­ty. Ukraine con­front­ed the force of Rus­sia — we are fac­ing the force of Bei­jing.” . . . .

3. The Hong Kong iter­a­tion of the OUN/UPA salute has become an anthem. In its cov­er­age of the ban­ning of that song by the Chi­nese author­i­ties, The New York Times [pre­dictably] fails to dis­cuss the her­itage of the slogan/song, nor the nature of the Ukrain­ian Nazi “trou­ba­dours” who brought it to Hong Kong.

In this con­text, it is impor­tant to remem­ber that the Nation­al Endow­ment for Democracy–a U.S. intel­li­gence “cut-out” found­ed by for­mer CIA direc­tor William Casey–has helped finance the “pro-Democ­ra­cy” forces in Hong Kong.

“Hong Kong Bans Protest Song and Oth­er Polit­i­cal Expres­sion at Schools” by Ger­ry Mul­lany; The New York Times; 7/8/2020.

Hong Kong’s edu­ca­tion sec­re­tary on Wednes­day banned stu­dents from singing the protest anthem “Glo­ry to Hong Kong,” post­ing slo­gans with polit­i­cal mes­sages or form­ing human chains, say­ing “the schools are oblig­ed to stop” such activ­i­ties.

The state­ment by the sec­re­tary, Kevin Yeung, ratch­eted up the pres­sure on the pro-democ­ra­cy move­ment as Hong Kong res­i­dents strug­gle to deter­mine what is accept­able behav­ior under a strict new nation­al secu­ri­ty law that Chi­na imposed on the semi­au­tonomous ter­ri­to­ry last week.

Stu­dents, includ­ing mid­dle school­ers, have been a dri­ving force in Hong Kong’s protest move­ment. Beijing’s impo­si­tion of the nation­al secu­ri­ty law last Wednes­day — and the sub­se­quent arrests of teenagers at protests — has led some fam­i­lies to express con­cerns that their chil­dren could be in jeop­ardy for singing pro-democ­ra­cy songs or even for express­ing such sen­ti­ments in their homes. . . .

4a. Net­work­ing with Isa Yusuf Alptekin at the Ban­dung (Indone­sia) con­fer­ence was Ruzi (or “Ruzy”) Nazar, an Uzbek nation­al who fought in var­i­ous Third Reich mil­i­tary for­ma­tions, includ­ing the SS Dirlewanger Brigade. After the war, Nazar was a CIA oper­a­tive net­work­ing with the Nation­al Action Par­ty (or Nation­al Move­ment Par­ty) of Alparslan Turkes.

Nazar rep­re­sent­ed the Anti-Bol­she­vik Bloc of Nations at the 1984 WACL con­fer­ence in Dal­las.

A Dark Path to Free­dom: Ruzi Nazar from the Red Army to the CIA by Enver Altayli; Trans­lat­ed by David Bar­chard; Trans­la­tion copy­right 2017 by David Bar­chard; Hurst and Com­pa­ny [Lon­don] HC; ISBN 978 1849 0429 78; pp. 188–189.

. . . . He did not have the right to speak at the con­fer­ence, but he was able to orga­nize a press con­fer­ence for the jour­nal­ists who had come from the four cor­ners of the world to cov­er the event, includ­ing around thir­ty from the USSR. Ruzi told the press office of his plans, and they informed  jour­nal­ists and del­e­gates of the press con­fer­ence to be giv­en by Ruzi Nazar, observ­er del­e­gate from Turkestan and a for­mer offi­cer in the Turkestan Legion. Mean­while, the chair­man of the Ban­dung branch of the Masyu­mi Par­ty told Ruzi just half an hour before the press con­fer­ee was due to begin that a North Cau­casian guest called Sey­it Shamil had arrived from Turkey. He had been unable to take part in the con­fer­ence, as he had not been invit­ed. Ruzi told the chair­man that he should bring this guest straight in and seat him beside him­self at the press con­fer­ence. Sey­it Shamil was the grand­son of Sheikh Shamil, the nation­al hero of the North Cau­ca­sus, who had fought for its inde­pen­dence against the armies of the tsars. Sey­it Shamil had want­ed to come to Ban­dung along with the Uyghur leader Isa Yusuf Alptekin, the for­mer prime min­is­ter of the Repub­lic of East Turkestan, which had been bro­ken up by Chi­nese armies in 1949. But Shamil was the only one to obtain a visa, as the Chi­nese gov­ern­ment had put pres­sure on the Indone­sian gov­ern­ment to stop Alptekin being giv­en one. They had gone togeth­er from Istan­bul to Karachi, where Alptekin had again applied for a visa and been turned down. The Uyghur leader decid­ed to wait in Pak­istan for Shamil to return. . . .

 

 

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  1. A recent arti­cle in the Guardian UK, Sep­tem­ber 22, 2020 titled “Report charts Chi­na’s expan­sion of mass labour pro­gramme in Tibet” by “Helen David­son and agen­cies” is evi­dence that is based on infor­ma­tion from a “Ger­man anthro­pol­o­gist”. The arti­cle states”

    “Chi­nese author­i­ties are dra­mat­i­cal­ly expand­ing a mass labour pro­gramme in Tibet, which ana­lysts have com­pared to alleged forced labour oper­a­tions in Xin­jiang, accord­ing to evi­dence com­piled by a Ger­man anthro­pol­o­gist and cor­rob­o­rat­ed by Reuters.” It lat­er states:

    “Chi­na has set quo­tas to move hun­dreds of thou­sands of Tibetan rur­al labour­ers off their land and into “mil­i­tary-style” facil­i­ties to train them as fac­to­ry work­ers, accord­ing to doc­u­ments analysed by researcher Adri­an Zenz for the Jamestown Foun­da­tion, a US research insti­tute.” https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/sep/22/report-charts-chinas-expansion-of-mass-labour-programme-in-tibet?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

    The cor­rob­o­rat­ing arti­cle from Reuters uses the same source of infor­ma­tion to cor­rob­o­rate the report which makes it sub­ject to scruti­ny. The arti­cle https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-rights-tibet-exclusive/exclusive-china-sharply-expands-mass-labor-program-in-tibet-idUSKCN26D0GT states:

    “Adri­an Zenz, an inde­pen­dent Tibet and Xin­jiang researcher, who com­piled the core find­ings about the pro­gram. These are detailed in a report released this week by the Jamestown Foun­da­tion, a Wash­ing­ton, D.C.-based insti­tute that focus­es on pol­i­cy issues of strate­gic impor­tance to the U.S. “It’s a coer­cive lifestyle change from nomadism and farm­ing to wage labor.”

    Chi­na denies this in the arti­cle which reports:
    “In a state­ment to Reuters, China’s Min­istry of For­eign Affairs strong­ly denied the involve­ment of forced labor, and said Chi­na is a coun­try with rule of law and that work­ers are vol­un­tary and prop­er­ly com­pen­sat­ed.”
    ““What these peo­ple with ulte­ri­or motives are call­ing ‘forced labor’ sim­ply does not exist. We hope the inter­na­tion­al com­mu­ni­ty will dis­tin­guish right from wrong, respect facts, and not be fooled by lies,” it said.”
    “Crit­ics, spear­head­ed by Tibetan spir­i­tu­al leader the
    “Dalai Lama, accuse the Chi­nese author­i­ties of car­ry­ing out “cul­tur­al geno­cide” in the region. The 85-year-old Nobel Lau­re­ate has been based in Dharam­sala, India, since he fled Chi­na in 1959 fol­low­ing a failed upris­ing against Chi­nese author­i­ties.” {Remem­ber that the Dalai Lama was tutored in 1948 by SS Sar­gent Hein­rich Har­rer (who orig­i­nal­ly start­ed with the SA in 1933) and they became life­long friends}.

    Posted by Mary Benton | September 26, 2020, 2:59 pm

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