In recent months, and even more so, in recent weeks MSM is filled to the brim with reports regarding how the Chinese government allegedly treats Uighurs in its northwestern province of Xinjiang.
Most recently, a very clear portrait is being constructed. That of genocide.
On July 30th, Munich-based World Uyghur Congress (WUC) sent an open letter to the International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach.
In it the WUC alleges that China is carrying out “genocide” and that its right to host the 2022 Winter Olympics should be taken away.
“We have so far been greatly disappointed that the International Olympic Committee has not addressed the human rights situation in China since awarding Beijing the right to host the 2022 Winter Olympics,” the letter, signed by WUC president Dolkun Isa, said.
“It is deeply concerning that the IOC, as an international body with strong ethical rules, has failed to acknowledge China’s human rights record, given the international crimes being committed in the Uighur region at the moment, as well as in China in general,” it added.
The WUC also said that it “has still received no official reply or information” from the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) after appealing to the Swiss-based tribunal in February for a ruling on China’s hosting of the Games.
In response, the IOC said, through a spokesperson, that the organization remained neutral on global political issues.
“For the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022, the IOC Evaluation Commission considered the views of independent NGOs with respect to a number of issues including human rights,” the spokesperson said.
“We will continue to discuss Games-related issues, when necessary, with the organisers as part of the Games preparation process.”
Whether the Winter Olympics in 2022 are moved to another location or not is beyond the point. The accusation is there – the WUC said that Beijing is carrying out “genocide,” something that MSM reports have, for a while now, been hinting at.
It is now part of the narrative.
By themselves these allegations are serious enough.
Combine them, however, with a report by the Guardian, which is sure to be perpetuated by other MSM outlets and a portrait of a country that sat at the core of the world’s greatest conflict – World War II.
“’China is powerful now’: Beijing’s aggressive global stance sparks wave of nationalism”
In recent days, since China shuttered the US consulate in Chengdu, citizens have waved Chinese flags and made other demonstrations in front of the building.
The Guardian, quite conveniently omits the fact that it was the US that first shuttered the Chinese consulate in Houston, Texas.
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In another video, widely circulated on Chinese social media, a CNN reporter attempting to broadcast is drowned out by a group belting out a patriotic Chinese song.
It should be reminded that, unlike in the US, the journalist wasn’t assault and hailed on, simply yelled over.
“Our country is not like before. We can do more than just make statements, we can actually take action,” says Wu, 25, who lives in Chengdu. “Back then China couldn’t afford to offend the US, but China is powerful now and not afraid of American imperialism.”
The Guardian, furthermore, says that this presumed nationalism puts China in an even more dangerous position, since its locked into disputes with the UK, Canada, Australia, in addition to the US.
“Yet, cultivating a sense of nationalism that puts China increasingly at odds with much of the western world, also threatens to make current frictions more intractable, driving it closer to conflict with countries such as the US, its main rival. Beijing is locked in disputes with the UK, Australia and Canada over issues from Huawei to Hong Kong, and has blamed the US for those tensions.”
At least, this time, it mentioned that the US pressure campaign was blamed by Beijing as the reason for all of it.
“On both sides, the nationalist sentiment is stronger than ever before. There is no doubt that antagonistic nationalism has dramatically increased to a level that many have never seen,” says Shi Yinhong, professor of international relations and director of the centre on American studies at Renmin University of China. “This may mean the government policies will become more antagonist towards each other.”
Furthermore, citing Jessica Chen Weiss, associate professor of government at Cornell University, the Chinese government has relied on nationalist rhetoric to establish its rule.
“The Chinese government has increasingly leaned on nationalist rhetoric to justify its rule, while also keeping grassroots nationalism on a much tighter leash,” says Jessica Chen Weiss. “To some extent, the government has been able to use tough talk and bluster to appease domestic audiences, but swagger has real downsides for China’s foreign policy objectives.”
As such, it is not difficult to imagine this portrait – a government that is increasingly nationalist in its rhetoric, to establish its rule and play from the position of power on the global scene.
A government that allegedly targets an ethnic group and attempts to commit “genocide” against them.
A large portion of the world, once, united itself against such a “common enemy”.
And still, according to Weiss, China may wish to not accelerate tensions any further.
“Chinese state media have kept a close lid on topics such as a recent border clash with India, an incident that could easily have caused a wave of national anger. Chinese officials, while loudly condemning the US for ordering the Chinese consulate in Houston to close, have limited threats to promising an “equal response” to US actions.”
“Chinese authorities were quick to clamp down on any sign of protest outside the US consulate in Chengdu, reflecting Beijing’s apparent desire to retaliate in a way that shows resolve but does not accelerate the current death-spiral in US-China relations,” says Weiss.
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