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In Light Of China’s Ethnic Cleansing, Is It Time To Recognize ‘East Turkistan’ As An Occupied Nation?

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Democrats love breaking complex moral questions into overly simplistic equations of oppressed and oppressor; victim and villain. The question about the Uyghurs should be a slam dunk… shouldn’t it?

With China’s Communist Party leaders moving aggressively to strip Hong Kongers of many rights they were massively protesting to keep barely a year ago, and general consensus that it’s a matter of time before they look to do the same to Taiwan, and some of their other neighbors, a group is pressuring the Biden administration to take action of another kind.

If they have the guts to do so, that is. (And if they’re not already tucked snugly within the back pocket of Xi.)

While Joe’s Adminstration was having his lunch eaten by China, an interesting group of protesters had gathered to make their voices heard in DC.

Protesters affiliated with the East Turkistan National Awakening Movement and the East Turkistan Government in Exile gathered in front of the Harry S. Truman Building, home to the State Department. The East Turkistan National Awakening Movement describes itself as an “international movement striving for the restoration of East Turkistan’s independence as an open, pluralistic Republic guaranteeing Human Rights and Freedoms for all.”

What the East Turkistan National Awakening Movement refers to as East Turkistan is officially recognized by the rest of the world as the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. The Uyghurs are a group of Muslim religious minorities residing in Xinjiang, a region which those affiliated with the East Turkistan National Awakening Movement argue China has been occupying since 1949.

…In an interview with The Christian Post, Salih Hudayar, prime minister of the Washington, D.C.-based East Turkistan Government in Exile, explained the reasoning behind the protests: “We’re out here in front of the U.S. State Department today to call on the U.S. government to act upon its genocide designation by taking strong … meaningful action, statements of … displeasure or concern are not enough.”

He also called on the U.S. government to “bring the East Turkistan issue to the agenda at the U.N. Security Council, to urge the U.N. to implement its Genocide Convention and its commitment toward the responsibility to protect,” to “boycott the upcoming 2022 Beijing Olympics, which we call the Genocide Olympics, and “grant refugee status to our population across the globe.”

According to Hudayar, the Chinese government’s actions against the Uyghurs constitute a “holocaust.” —ChristianPost

Biden’s dismissal of China’s mistreatment of the Uyghurs being the result of ‘different norms’ was deeply offensive to Hudayar, who had some tangible suggestions of how the US could take meaningful action against China.

“The Chinese government is not going to stop the genocide of Uyghurs and the Turkic peoples in East Turkistan until there is some strong action by the international community. And when I mean strong actions … raising the concerns and then saying, ‘Oh yeah, we want to cooperate with you on climate change’ is not going to pressure China or saying, ‘you’re committing a genocide’ is not enough. There needs to be an increase on tariffs, there needs to be more sanctions,” he continued.

“Ideally, what we want is the U.S. government to ban all goods that are made in East Turkistan because, more than likely, those goods are being made with slave labor. We want western companies to pull out of East Turkistan because China’s engaged in genocide there. And therefore, these western companies would be paying taxes to the Chinese government. … The funds from that would be used to engage in the genocide in East Turkistan, so there has to be economic and political costs on China.”–ChristianPost

What do you think?

Is it time we put China on the defensive and start questioning the legitimacy of their domestic authority?

If the public knew the global public opinion had turned against the legitimacy of the CCP, we might find that the oppressed Chinese public, who themselves suffer so fearfully under the autocratic rule of the CCP, would suddenly be more emboldened to make their cries for justice heard in Beijing.

Wes Walker

Wes Walker is the author of "Blueprint For a Government that Doesn't Suck". He has been lighting up since its inception in July of 2012. Follow on twitter: @Republicanuck