Trigger warning. The CCP’s coordinated information effort to discredit the BBC

Australian Strategic Policy Institute. 4 March 2021

Below is an article published by Australian Strategic Policy Institute. Photo:AFP.

Chinese Communist Party (CCP) diplomatic accounts, Chinese state media, pro-CCP influencers and patriotic trolls are targeting the UK public broadcaster, the BBC, in a coordinated information operation. Recent BBC reports, including the allegations of systematic sexual assault in Xinjiang’s internment camps, were among a number of triggers provoking the CCP’s propaganda apparatus to discredit the BBC, distract international attention and recapture control of the narrative.

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‘Truth and reconciliation’: Excerpts from the Xinjiang Clubhouse

SupChina. 3 March 2021

Below is an article published by SupChina. Photo:AFP

On Saturday, February 6, two days before it would be banned across China, the social media app Clubhouse had a defining moment. As numerous news outlets have reported, a room called “Is there a concentration camp in Xinjiang?” attracted a brief flourishing of speech and free discussion among Chinese people in the era of state censorship.

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‘If the others go I’ll go’: Inside China’s scheme to transfer Uighurs into work

BBC. 3 March 2021

Below is an article published by BBC. Photo:AFP.

The government denies that it is attempting to alter the demographics of its far-western region and says the job transfers are designed to raise incomes and alleviate chronic rural unemployment and poverty.

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How Beijing uses family videos to try to discredit Uyghur advocates

Hong Kong Free Press. 28 February 2021

Below is an article published by Hong Kong Free Press. Photo:Google Earth.

Those who have escaped the region believe their relatives face restrictions in communicating with them. As the silence grows, many hear rumours that their mothers, fathers, siblings, or friends have been sent to detention centres. Without a response from the Chinese state, overseas Uyghurs turn to campaigning, believing that international pressure may save their loved ones.

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Sportblog Winter Olympics Boycott questions over Beijing Winter Olympics raise eerie echoes of 1936

The Guardian. 1 March 2021

Below is an article published by The Guardian. Photo:Kevin Frayer/Getty Images

History doesn’t repeat itself, but it often rhymes. I am staring at two bundles of newspaper clippings – one present day, one past – and feeling a deepening chill. The first pile details China’s treatment of the Uighur Muslim population in Xinjiang, where more than a million people have been “re-educated” in camps, as well as the calls for the 2022 Winter Olympics to be stripped from Beijing. The second is from the Manchester Guardian in 1935, recording the abuse of Jews in Germany and demanding a boycott of the Berlin Games. The echoes are eerie. The looming question, then as now, is what the world should do.

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China will host the 2022 Winter Olympics while accused of genocide. Should the world boycott?

Yahoo Sports. 26 Feb 2021

Below is an article published by Yahoo Sports. Photo:Ashwini Bhatia.

In October, after decades of dismissal, and amid crescendoing opposition to the “Genocide Games,” the International Olympic Committee finally sat down and listened. Sixteen months before Beijing 2022, officials opened their ears. And they heard voices that represented the oppressed. Voices that spoke for millions unheard. Voices of Uyghurs; Hong Kongers; Tibetans; democratically-inclined Chinese. Victims of Beijing’s authoritarianism.

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Weekly Brief – 25 February 2021


Canadian House of Commons Recognizes Uyghur Genocide
On the 22nd of February, the World Uyghur Congress (WUC) applauded the adoption of a Opposition Motion Bill in the House of Commons of Canada, acknowledging China’s crackdown on Uyghurs and other Turkic people, as genocide.

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‘Nobody wants this job now’: the gentle leaders of China’s Uighur exiles

The Guardian. 22 February 2021

Below is an article published by The Guardian. Photo: Reyhana Turdieva

Dzhigit-beshchi is the name Uighur people in Kyrgyzstan give to the leader they elect for their mahallah – or community. Usually it’s a respected person, mostly an elderly man.

Pushed out of China during the repressions of the 1960s, tens of thousands of Uighurs went to the former Soviet Union when these ageing leaders were just young men. Sticking closely to relatives and acquaintances who had come to Soviet cities and villages in previous waves, they built mosques and mahallahs, each with its own dzhigit-beshchi.

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