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  • The Chinese Communist Party says

  • There's no genocide in Xinjiang

  • And I totally believe them

  • Welcome to China Uncensored.

  • I'm Chris Chappell.

  • Well everyone, I was wrong.

  • There is no genocide in Xinjiang.

  • The Chinese Communist Party is not trying to eliminate the Uyghur ethnic minority.

  • Who are extremely happy all the time, especially when they dance.

  • How did I see the error of my ways?

  • Was it all of the YouTube comments calling me a CIA puppet?

  • Close.

  • It was this magnificent documentary.

  • Dating from remote antiquity, Xinjiang has been an integral and inseparable part of the

  • Chinese territory.

  • And indeed, a land of special significance.

  • Under the strong leadership of the CPC Central Committee, under the exceptional care the

  • Party and the central government have devoted, with the generous assistance of the 19 pairing-up

  • cities, and through the concerted efforts of cadres and the masses of all ethnic groups,

  • Xinjiang has been transformed to a land of life, a land of thriving vitality.

  • Yes, Xinjiang has been a part of Chinese territory since ancient times, which is whyXinjiang

  • literally meansnew frontier.”

  • And I am especially convinced of the exceptional care of the Communist Party.

  • I mean, there were happy dancing ethnic minorities *and* doves of peace and thriving vitality.

  • How can you argue with that?

  • You know what?

  • This is too much sarcasm even for me.

  • If you think anyone who buys this kind of propaganda must be an idiotwell, there

  • are a lot of idiots out there.

  • That's why some Western governments are actually saying we shouldn't call what's

  • happening in Xinjiang genocide.

  • New Zealand is the latest example.

  • They're not calling it genocide.

  • Instead, they're goingto water down the language, and discuss concerns about human

  • rights abuses in the region in more general terms.”

  • Genocide is such a harsh word.

  • Instead we should be talking about how the Chinese government is being a big meany to

  • the Uyghurs.

  • Maybe New Zealand didn't want to be too critical because of their upgraded free trade

  • deal with China, their number one trade partner.

  • Or maybe I'm being unfair to New Zealand.

  • After all, New Zealand leader Jacinda Arden is taking a tougher stance on China.

  • By saying it was getting harder to reconcile differences as China's role in the world

  • grows.”

  • Wow.

  • What a tough stance.

  • It's getting harder to reconcile differences?

  • How will Chinese leader Xi Jinping sleep at night?

  • This is like saying your mom telling you you can only have two cookies before bed instead

  • of three is taking a tough stance.

  • But that Arden's extremely mild comment was considered anything close to tough shows

  • you how low the bar is when it comes to standing up to the Chinese regime.

  • But one country that is standing up in a big way is the US.

  • The US State Department under both Trump and Biden, has said that the Chinese Communist

  • Party is committing genocide against the Uyghurs.

  • Some US allies have done the same.

  • Others have not.

  • Leading to a genocide divide, if you will.

  • So far, on one side is the US State Deparatment, along with the UK and Canadian Parliaments,

  • which have all said that it's genocide.

  • On the other side are Australia and New Zealand, which won't use the word genocide.

  • I just want to remind everyone that the Chinese regime's treatment of the Uyghurs qualifies

  • as genocide, according to the UN Genocide Convention.

  • According to the UN, genocide includeskilling members of the group, causing serious bodily

  • or mental harm, deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to

  • bring about its physical destruction, imposing measures intended to prevent births within

  • the group, and forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.”

  • With the intent to destroy a group.

  • Look China, the UN Genocide Convention is not an instruction manual!

  • All of this is happening in Xinjiang.

  • So based on the UN Genocide Convention, it's genocide.

  • At least until China convinces the UN to completely change their definition of genocide.

  • That's partly a joke and partly an extremely depressing prediction.

  • Now, I did a previous episode on why Western countries hesitate to use the termgenocide.”

  • Basically, it gets harder to do business with China if we admit the Chinese regime is committing

  • genocide.

  • And Western companies really, really want to do business with China.

  • Heck, they'll even give innovation awards to Chinese companies that monitor prisoners

  • in Xinjiang.

  • But now that the US and other Western democracies are actually using the “g” word, companies

  • are facing pressure to stop working with Chinese suppliers that use forced labor.

  • Enough pressure to force them to do something about it.

  • The US has imposed many sanctions on Chinese officials and Chinese state-run companies

  • because of the genocide.

  • And Canada, the UK, and even the EU have imposed sanctions, too.

  • The Chinese Communist Party is freaking out.

  • They didn't expect to get in trouble for committing genocide against the Uyghurs.

  • After all, they got away with it when they did pretty much the same things to the Tibetans,

  • the Mongolians, and Falun Gong.

  • The Communist Party needs China to be known as “a shiny huge market where companies

  • can make a lot of money.”

  • But if this keeps going, China will instead be known as “a bigger North Korea.”

  • The Party can't let that happen.

  • Which is why they're kicking off a huge propaganda campaign.

  • I'll tell you about it after the break.

  • Welcome Back.

  • The Chinese regime doesn't want to be known as “a bigger North Korea.”

  • Especially in the run up to the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.

  • So this year, they've been pushing hard on a new propaganda campaign to deny the accusations

  • of genocide.

  • By showing how happy and wonderful Xinjiang is.

  • This is a land of religious harmony where the freedom of religious belief is respected

  • and protected.

  • This is a land of happiness where people's well being is constantly improved

  • All ethnic customs are duly respected

  • And let's not forget the dancing!

  • That's how you know that ethnic minorities are really happy.

  • They spontaneously start dancing.

  • So much dancing.

  • Eat your heart out, Kevin Bacon.

  • Footloose)

  • The Chinese Communist Party has used the tactic before.

  • And not just with the Uyghurs.

  • As their repression of Tibet grew worse, Chinese state-run media repeatedly emphasized how

  • happy Tibetans were.

  • In fact, Tibetans are the happiest people in the country.

  • You can tell because they're dancing.

  • Well, Tibetans were the happiest, but now the Uyghurs are even happier.

  • The Chinese embassy in Canberra screened this video of happy Uyghurs for Australian journalists

  • as part of a two-hour propaganda blitz earlier this year.

  • But those cynical Western journalists just weren't buying it.

  • Maybe because Western journalists have been repeatedly forced out of China after reporting

  • on Xinjiang.

  • And before they're forced out, this is what they face when they try to go to Xinjiang.

  • We were turned back from checkpoints, stopped from filming, questioned, and followed.”

  • That happened to the BBC when they tried to report on the use of forced labor in Xinjiang's

  • cotton industry.

  • But don't worry, even if Western journalists can't get the scoop, Chinese state-run media

  • is there to do the hard-hitting investigative reporting.

  • “I left no stone unturned, but still couldn't find any trace of genocide.”

  • So Michelle, you can see, with us is a very prosperous Aitiga Square, and this is

  • exactly what is happening in Kashgar.

  • There's definitely no genocide, so to speak.

  • So Michelle, back to you.”

  • Yes, I looked very hard, but there's no genocide anywhere in the middle of this

  • square.

  • Back to you, Michelle.”

  • But for some reason, people outside China might be skeptical of Chinese state-run propaganda.

  • But the Chinese Communist Party has a solution.

  • More after the break.

  • Welcome back.

  • The Chinese Communist Party has been trying to spread its propaganda about happy Uyghurs

  • in Xinjiang.

  • Including by buying ads on major social media platforms, like Facebook.

  • And using fake fans to boost their message on Twitter.

  • But what happens if people are skeptical about what the Chinese Communist Party has to say?

  • Well, the Party has a solution: get other people to say it for them.

  • For example, if you don't believe the Party when it says there's no genocide in Xinjiang,

  • do you believe the Economist?

  • Or how about a Columbia University professor like Jeffrey Sachs, who says the genocide

  • allegations are unjustified?

  • Sachs's argument sounds deceptively reasonable.

  • He says the US government doesn't have proof of genocide, so they shouldn't accuse China

  • of genocide, but instead should back a UN investigation in Xinjiang.

  • Of course, the Chinese regime will never allow an independent investigation into Xinjiang.

  • Especially not through the UN, which it has a huge amount of influence over.

  • So if the only way we can get proof is through a UN investigation that will never happen,

  • then we'll never call it genocide.

  • And meanwhile the Chinese regime can just continue harvesting organs from Uyghurs.

  • Jeffrey Sachs, by the way, is a popular interviewee for Chinese state-run media.

  • I'm not saying that Sachs is bought off or even influenced by the Chinese Communist

  • Party.

  • But when the Party finds people who agree with them, they will exploit them for propaganda.

  • Here's another example: Western Youtubers living in China.

  • If you do a search for Xinjiang on YouTube, you will find lots of videos of YouTubers

  • who travel to Xinjiang and are making videos of what they say is really happening there.

  • Spoiler alert: they don't find any genocide, either.

  • Of course, they're not exactly going to tour the concentration camps.

  • Instead, they show bustling cities, speak to Uyghurs who say that life is pretty good,

  • and some of them even travel to cotton farms to show that there's no forced labor.

  • Again, I'm not saying these YouTubers are bought off by the Communist Party.

  • Always.

  • But it is interesting that these YouTubers were allowed to travel through Xinjiang and

  • talk to people, unlike the BBC.

  • And that people in Xinjiang were willing to talk to them.

  • State-run CGTN even followed one of these YouTubers around while he was in Xinjiang,

  • and made a news story out of that.

  • Clearly what he was saying aligned with the Party's narrative.

  • These YouTube videos capitalize on a general mistrust of the mainstream media, and claim

  • to show what's really happening on the ground.

  • But if what they're showing is also what the authoritarian regime wants you to see,

  • maybe take that with a grain of salt.

  • Several grains of salt.

  • Of course, this type of propaganda isn't the only way the Chinese Communist Party is

  • trying to cover up the Uyghur genocide.

  • A major part of it is attacking activists and scholars that are exposing the genocide.

  • They say they're lying about all the torture and rape.

  • Or Chinese state-run media get their family members still living in China to say it for

  • them.

  • They totally volunteered.

  • Imagine not seeing your parents in years only to watch them disown you in a Chinese propaganda

  • video.

  • And the final piece of the Chinese regime's Xinjiang propaganda push is one that they're

  • really, really good at: playing the victim.

  • The US was the first country to come out and call the Chinese regime's actions a genocide.

  • So the Communist Party can pull out its favorite accusation: Western imperialism.

  • You see, the US is organizing a smear campaign because of its hegemony.

  • And the accusations of genocide are just a US attempt to contain China that's doomed

  • to fail.

  • I love it when the Communist Party plays the classics.

  • And now it's time for me to answer a question from a fan who supports the show on the crowd

  • funding website Patreon.

  • Go to Patreon.com/ChinaUncensored to learn more.

  • LivenTs says: I know that almost literally everything is

  • made in China.

  • Is there a list of things that aren't?

  • Is there a website I can search for a product and find what companies make it not in China?

  • Or in which I can search a company, and find out where it produces?

  • Maybe that's what we need.

  • Actually LivenTs, we've been talking about creating a website that does exactly that.

  • That would let you know what products are made in China and if there are alternatives

  • that aren't made in China.

  • Is that something that you guys would be interested in?

  • Is it something you think you could help us make?

  • Let me know in the comments below.

  • Thanks for your question, LivenTs.

  • And thank you for supporting the show on Patreon.

  • Thank you for watching this episode.

  • Once again I'm Chris Chappell, see you next time.

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