TDN World Desk: A US based news paper New York Times unmasked the chinese government’s inhuman face before the world. A cache of Party documents leaked to the New York Times reveal inside information about Beijing’s crackdown on ethnic minorities, including how Xi Jinping, the Chinese president, told officials to show “absolutely no mercy”.
Human rights groups and outside experts say more than one million Uighurs and other mostly Muslim minorities have been rounded up in a network of internment camps across the far-western region.
The ruling chinese government has always rejected international criticism of the camps and described them as job-training centers that use mild methods to fight Islamic extremism. But the documents confirm the coercive nature of the crackdown in the words and orders of the very officials who conceived and orchestrated it.
The leaked papers account a vivid picture of how the hidden machinery of the Chinese state carried out the country’s most far-reaching internment campaign since the Mao era.
The documents include previously unpublished speeches by President Xi Jingping, as well as directives and reports on the surveillance and control of the Uighur population, the US newspaper said on Saturday.
Reporter Austin Ramzy said that they provided the information to “prevent party leaders, including Xi Jinping, from escaping culpability for the mass detentions.”
The documents, which include many pages of internal speeches by Mr Xi, showed that when the president visited Xinjiang in April 2014 he ordered officials to use the “organs of dictatorship” in a “struggle against terrorism, infiltration and separatism”.
In its revealation the news paper maintained, the Chinese leadership wraps policymaking in secrecy, especially when it comes to Xinjiang, a resource-rich territory located on the sensitive frontier with Pakistan, Afghanistan and Central Asia. Predominantly Muslim ethnic minority groups make up more than half the region’s population of 25 million. The largest of these groups are the Uighurs, who speak a Turkic language and have long faced discrimination and restrictions on cultural and religious activities.
The documents state that the goverment even has put an investigation order over 12,000 officials for not being able to complying with the crackdown to satisfactory standards.