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The European Parliament is in session on July 14. According to a number of sources the agenda may include a discussion on recent events inside East Turkestan, as some of Europe’s political parties have expressed concern at the violence and condemned communist China’s violation of human rights.
Amidst calls for a boycott of Chinese goods, made by Turkish Trade and Industry Minister, Mr. Nihat Ergun. Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan also revealed that Turkey would be issuing a visa to prominent Uygur exile, Ms Rabiya Kadeer, who is reported to be visiting Turkey. Uyghurs also found some, albeit opportunistic, support from Taiwanese Premier Liu Chao-Shiuan, who also expressed concern at the situation in Urumchi, while Taiwan’s Democratic Progressive Party condemned China’s violent suppression of Uyghur protesters.
Such assistance, however limited, is surely welcomed by Uygurs in their struggle for justice and freedom for East Turkestan, yet securing international solidarity with that cause is not an easy task given the extent of commercial and political appeasement of communist China. Nothwithstanding such difficulties the Uyghur World Congress has reportedly called upon the European Union (EU) to dispatch observers to East Turkestan in an effort to more independently assess the situation, and hopefully end the violent suppression of Uyghurs. While any effort which may benefit the rights of Uyghurs is to be welcomed there remain serious questions concerning the degree of support the EU would be willing to extend ever fearful of compromsing its hugely profitable economic and political relations with Beijing.
EU goods exports to China 2008: €78.4 billion
EU goods imports from China 2008: €247.6 billion
EU services exports to China 2008: €20.1 billion
EU services imports from China 2008: €14.4 billion
These formidably alluring considerations infuse every aspect of EU policy towards communist China and exert a corrosive and determinative influence on the European Parliament’s response to issues such as Tibet and East Turkestan. This is reflected in the comments made in Beijing on July 8 by Mr. Serge Abou European Union Ambassador to China:
“The European Union respects China’s sovereignty and is not in the position of commentating on what has happened in Xinjiang. [Blog Editor's note: This is a Chinese term used by China following its annexation of East Turkestan in 1949].The EU hopes the situation will be back to normal as soon as possible.”
The Ambassador continued:
“Europe also has its own problem on the issue of minorities and sometimes there are riots. When that happens, we would not like other governments to tell us what is to be done, it is a Chinese issue, not a European one” July 8 Beijing .
One can only wonder if Mr. Abou would have appled such appeasing logic to the oppression of black peoples in apartheid South Africa, would he consider the injustices and violence waged by that racist state to have been an internal matter of that authority? Serge Abou and the European Union seem more concerned wth respecting Chinese sensitivities than demonstrating a just and ethical response to the plight of Uyghurs in East Turkestan. These incredible and shamefully hypocritical remarks offer little hope to the long suffering people of East Turkestan, and undermine any prospect of forceful EU action concerning the bloody suppression of Uyghur protests inside Urumchi.
While the international political community offer timorous platitudes in response to the bloody suppression waged by communist Chinese storm-troopers in Urumchi, and the subsequent suffering of Uyghurs in East Turkestan, it was refreshing to note the recent comments of Turkey’s Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Istanbul witnessed heated protests on July10 following events inside Urumchi, which the Turkish leader has described as a form of genocide. In comments to journalists at the G8 economic summit in Italy, he urged the communist leadership to address the situation.
“I have used the word ‘atrocity’ before. I am still backing this expression because no other word can describe a situation which is nearly genocide in which hundreds have been killed and more than 1,000 others wounded,”
Exiled Uyghurs held protests on Tuesday outside communist Chinese embassies in Turkey and Norway, denouncing violence in East Turkestan (occupied by Communist China and re-named as Xinjinag) which resulted in over 150 deaths. Some protesters briefly scuffled with police in Ankara, the Turkish capital, while Turkey’s Foreign Ministry summoned a top Chinese diplomat to explain the violence. In Germany, police claimed fire-bombs were thrown at the Chinese consulate in Munich during the early hours of Monday, resulting in minor damage and setting fire to a Chinese flag.