Date: November 24, 2015
The Chinese regime wasted no time after the Nov. 13 terrorist attacks in Paris to call on the world to
support its own brand of “counterterrorism,” which essentially means suppressing the Uyghur minority group in Xinjiang, known to some Uyghurs as East Turkestan.
The Chinese regime is stepping up its suppression of the region, in part for business. Its new “Silk Road Economic Belt,” meant to be a trade route into Europe, will pass through the region.
After the Paris attacks, Xinhua, the official state mouthpiece, quoted Chinese diplomat Wang Yi saying “China is also a victim of terrorism,” and that “cracking down on the ‘East Turkestan’ terrorist forces” should become “an important component of international counterterrorism.”
While his statements went largely ignored in political circles, where the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) abuses of Uyghurs are generally known, some news outlets got caught in the stream of propaganda that has followed.
The most glaring example is a feature in TIME about the “Men and Women Who Fight China’s Shadowy ‘Anti-Terrorist’ War.” The odd piece says that after the Paris attacks, members of the CCP’s special forces spoke with TIME and started writing on social media about “their own battles.”
TIME goes over many of the questionable “terrorist attacks” China has faced, and while the piece notes some of the uncertainties around some of the incidents, it still comes off as justifying China’s human rights abuses under the guise of anti-terrorism measures. [FULL STORY]