Terrorist Explosions Hit China In Xinjiang

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Our thoughts go out today to the reported 31 people killed REPORT and many injured in the series of explosions in Urumchi, the capital of occupied East Turkestan, known to China’s regime as Xinjiang.

China’s authorities have swiftly determined ‘terrorism’ as the cause and laid blame firmly upon elements within the Uyghur population. If we are to accept Beijing’s claims then the flames of dissent are being fanned by external extremist forces, its a familiar account which is being uncritically reported as fact by western media.

The details and perpetrators will no doubt be difficult to independently establish, and we should assess such events against the ever present reality that China’s regime is notoriously censorial and manipulative on the issue of East Turkestan, like Tibet and Southern Mongolia a land which has suffered decades of oppression and violence courtesy of Chinese rule.

What is known however is that China is waging an ideological war on the subject of East Turkestan and for years has been actively  portraying Uyghurs as Islamic terrorists, a charge that is backed more by a cynically constructed narrative than objectively established facts.

It may well be that people in the region have decided to launch an armed campaign against China, the resulting suffering is a cause of deep concern, yet a reactionary response, reliant upon a regime that specializes in terror itself, should be tempered with an understanding of the context of vicious colonization, oppression and exploitation which Uyghurs have endured. What terrorism will they again suffer as China places Urumchi under a military lock-down?

 

Urumchi Station Attack Exposes China’s Psyop Against Uyghurs

Bombing Of East Turkestan's Urumchi Rail Station

Bombing Of East Turkestan’s Urumchi Rail Station

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Yesterday’s blast which caused death and injury at Urumchi railway station in East Turkestan is drawn from a well poisoned over decades of violent repression against the Uyghur people, by a Chinese regime that is determined to assimilate and erode the culture and national identity of that Central Asian land. Ignored by a corrupted United Nations, virtually invisible to Muslim states whose support and attention is focused upon the great injustice of Palestine what options do Uyghurs actually have?

As the world looks on at the bombing, presented through the distorting lens of China’s propaganda ministry, shocked and appalled, just what does it expect from those whose land and freedom have been stolen? Uyghur culture is under siege, swamped by Chinese colonization, while across East Turkestan Chinese troops occupy every city and town, which are now polluted and gaudy Chinese sprawls.

Downtown Urumchi

Downtown Urumchi

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A once highly cultured state has become a Chinese colony, exploited and oppressed, with its natural resources sucked dry to service the economy of the tyrant. The Uyghur people denied the most fundamental of freedoms, women forcibly sterilized, a culture in chains. It is of course a grim reality that China’s authorities prefer you were ignorant of, how better to conceal such tyranny than by character assassination!

No Freedom In East Turkestan

No Freedom In East Turkestan

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This is an agenda that operates behind China’s reportage on East Turkestan, a dark and cynical motive to portray the region as a laboratory for unrest and terrorism. In a breathtaking display of hypocrisy China’s psychopathic leadership, rather like a rapist criticizing a woman for resisting his assault, protests against even the mildest form of dissent.

Meanwhile China is engaged in an ideological war that seeks to deceive international opinion on the subject of East Turkestan, seen most tellingly in coverage of the attack in Urumchi. It places great value upon the role of psychological operations, and its potential to distort the perceptions of a target audience, in this case via a compliant and largely uncritical global media. Such manipulation has become a favored tool of the Chinese security and propaganda agencies See File

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In 2000 China established the Institute of Psywar of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army which trains officers in a range of psychological warfare techniques, including disinformation and media manipulation.

See http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/english/200110/24/eng20011024_83053.html

As noted by Chinese military academics Wang and Yang:

“In modern times the vast development in information, science, psychology, the science of broad-casting, and other sciences, and in particular the emergence of new and high technologies such as satellite communications,electronic computers, networking technology, and multimedia technology, provide a firm theoretical foundation and modern tools for psychological warfare.” (Source-Wang Zhenxing and Yang Suping, “On PSYWAR in Recent High-Tech Local Wars,” Junshi Kexue [China Military Science] December 20, 2000, pp. 127-33)

Within the twisted world of disinformation nothing is ever as it appears and without condoning the loss of life or injury, we need to exercise caution in responding to events such as the bombing at Urumchi. Perhaps too we can remember the decades of repression and suffering endured by the Uyghur people, whose plight is callously ignored by the international community.

Uyghurs Resist Mosque Ban

China's Jack-Booted Thugs Closed Mosques Today

China's Jack-Booted Thugs Closed Mosques Today

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Communist China’s action to close mosques in Urumchi earlier on Friday lead to a number of protests. Chinese paramilitary troops clashed with protesters and arrested a number of Uyghurs. The White Mosque was reported as the main focus for demonstrators,  who challenged Chinese security forces, armed with with submachine guns and armored vehicles. Meawhile at the G8 economic summit being held in Italy, Mr. James Jones, the United Sates National Security Adviser, said is reported to have urged China to respond with “appropriate restraint” in handling the unrest in East Turkestan. Not that the USA gives a damn about Uyghurs as demonstrated by its scandalous treatment of innocent Uyghurs illegally held at Guantanamo Prison.

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As muted international criticism mounts at communist China’s violent repression of legitimate Uyghur demonstrations, Beijing has sharply criticised Turkey’s condemnation of events, which has called for the situation inside Urumchi, and the rights of Uyghurs, to be debated within the United Nations Security Council. Predictably communist China claims the situation is an internal matter, and has opposed what it considers Turkish interference. According to the Global Times, a propaganda mouth piece for China’s regime

“Turkey’s support for the Uygur [sic] separatists and terrorists [Blog Editors note: the only terrorists inside East Turkestan are the communist Chinese regime] can only cause public indignation in China. If it does not want to ruin the relationship between two peoples, please stop standing behind those mobs and separatists, stop being an axis of evil!” 

(*’Evil’ cliché courtesy of former US President Ronald Reagan)

China Bans Uyghurs From Mosques

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A number of newswire agencies report that following the military lock-down of Urumchi, capital city of East Turkestan (re-named as Xinjiang following annexation by communist China in 1949) China is restricting the region’s Uyghur-Moslems from attending Mosques on today the central day of prayer for Islam. Though claiming it is an act designed to minimize potential further unrest, the Chinese regime will be acutely aware of how provocative banning Uyghurs from attending the mosque will be. It has been reported that several mosques in the majority Uyghur bazaar district of the city displayed notices that usual prayers were suspended, and men at other mosques said they thought there would be no prayers on Friday.

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A report in De Welt quotes a local Uyghur standing outside Urumchi’s Dong Kuruk Bridge Mosque “It won’t be open“ he said man, surrounded by nearby Chinese paramilitary troops and armoured vehicles. “The Communist Party won’t allow us,” said the man. Meanwhile across the city at the Guyan Mosque a notice reads: “Under instructions from superiors, normal prayer will be suspended from today, anybody wishing to pray … please do so at home.”

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China’s action looks designed to inflame Uyghurs. “Jumu’ah is the time of the week when we must pray. For us, it would be an insult to shut it down,” said a Uyghur resident near the Dong Kuruk Mosque. “If we’re not allowed to hold normal religious activities, there will be a lot of anger.”

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China’s Poisoned Well

Under the draconian conditions which are exercised in occupied nations such as Tibet and East Turkestan (renamed as Xinjiang following annexation by Communist China in 1949)  there is no normality, as experienced and understood in more democratic and liberal societies. The range and extent of human rights abuses inflicted upon Uyghurs and Tibetans, the ongoing corrosion of language and tradition, under the twin demographic assaults of Chinese colonisation, and a coercive population-control program,which targets Tibetan and Uyghur women with mass campaigns of forced sterilisation,  reveal what is in effect a policy of cultural genocide.

Yet the presentation being offered by China’s Ministry of Propaganda is that stability and order have now been returned to East Turkestan, achieved through martial law and thousands of troops patrolling the streets. Meanwhile we are informed that the Chinese brutes who have clubbed their way across Urumchi the past few days have now been put back in their box by the communist authorities. Of course there is always the suspicion that such thugs were in part an orchestrated effort, or at least tolerated by Chinese authorities, whose massively armed forces appeared curiously impotent and indifferent when faced with  mobs carrying sticks!

Interestingly the international media is largely conforming to what is a somewhat slanted  picture of events, China must be rubbing its hands with glee to see reporters ignoring the political causes of unrest, the decades of injustice and human rights violations suffered by Uyghurs, distracted by what it happily portrays as inter-ethnic violence. Such reportage fails miserably to grasp the underlying reality that gave birth to the protest by Uyghurs on Sunday July 5 and is careful to overlook the role of the occupying Chinese regime. Shamefully it is almost impossible to find any extensive or meaningful news coverage that enquires into how so many peaceful Uyghur demonstrators lost their life on that day. No question of a massacre by China’s security forces was considered. Instead we have a carefully constructed image, assembled and managed by China, that deflects any attention away from causual factors, or the role of Chinese forces, by focussing on the subsequent thuggery which erupted on the streets of Urumchi. A report in today’s English newspaper, The Guardian reveals the nature of official control exerted by the Chinese authorities over foreign journalists, a Chinese government notice issued to the foreign media said:

“Till now, the ‘7.5 [July 5] Beating, Smashing, Grabbing and Firing Severe Violent Criminal Event’ has been under effective control. The normal social order, production and people’s life have been restored and all the following-up measures have been conducted systematically.”

The communist authorities then assured journalists that its ‘press officials’ would continue to help journalists cover events, adding that:

“For your convenience and safety, the press centre would like to remind all the reporters that [sic] please follow the related Chinese regulations and rules voluntarily during your interview, do not conduct any activities contradicted to your professionalism. Especially, do not agitate the ethnic [sic] animosity and provoke the ethnic [sic] relationships with improper questions.”(emphasis added)

Sadly, many media outlets, with the honourable exception of the Financial Times http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/f21598a0-6a24-11de-ad04-00144feabdc0.html?ftcamp=rss   have complied with such suffocating restrictions and uncritically consumed and published that perspective, including major news channels such as the BBC.

This suits the political and propaganda objectives of the communist regime, which appears to have learned a number of manipulative lessons from its experience during the Uprisings in Tibet of 2008, although again there was a concentration on what was claimed to be ethnic violence. Such artifice enables China to appear distanced from events, concealing its state-engineered injustices and violations with a carefully constructed fabrication that misrepresents the factual nature of events. Key to such a distortion is to deny any political legitimacy to demonstrations, which themselves are a direct response to communist Chinese occupation, by actively transforming protests. Any one who observed matters in Tibet last year will notice  a familiar pattern, one that  suggests a covert strategy is at work, in which demonstrations are effectively hi-jacked,  their political objectives and demands buried under an engineered violence, and then subsequently presented as riotous and criminal activity, supporting the fiction that the Chinese authorities are simply trying to restore social order. What many journalists have chosen to ignore is that it’s the violence and oppression of the Chinese state against the Uyghurs of East Turkestan that is responsible for the tragic scenes on Urumchi’s streets. Until justice and freedom is returned to the region the propaganda words of  Urumchi’s Chinese-controlled Mayor, Jerla Isamudin,  “Under the correct leadership of the regional party committee and government… the situation is now under control.” will remain a hollow and perverse lie.

Serving The Dollar As The Bullets Fly

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With a troubling predictability the response from the community of nations, to the unfolding violence waged against Uyghurs in East Turkestan (re-named as Xinjiang by Communist China after it forcibly annexed the region in 1949) has been characterized by a somewhat diluted tone and hypocritical hand-wringing, while China’s jack-booted paramilitary storm-troopers,  and its thuggish colonisers, terrorise Uyghurs in their capital city, Urumchi.

Reacting to news, of events on July 5 (in what emerging reports suggest may well have been a massacre of unarmed Uyghurs,  faced by Chinese troop carriers, machine guns and body armoured troops) British Prime Minister, Gordon Brown’s Office offered the following weasel-words:

“Of course we are concerned about the reports of violence and the scale of the loss of life and I think we would urge restraint on all sides and, where possible, for problems to be resolved through dialogue” .

This posture of seeming balance and impartiality, a mirage of reason and objectivity, conceals less honourable motives, namely Britain’s considerable commercial relations with communist China, which exert a singular and titanic influence upon its  policy towards China. We cannot therefore be at all surprised to note a desire to be seen as some form of honest broker, while presenting a throughly disingenuous facade to the world as being deeply concerned at the tragedy unfolding in East Turkestan, yet engineering a response with laser-like precision,  the object of which is to appear to appease public concern by reacting to events,  yet addressing its more central objective of ensuring relations with Beijing are not unduly distracted by events, no matter how much blood is spilled. We may recall reports that George Bush Senior, within 24 hours of suspending all high level contacts with Beijing,  in response to the Tiananmen Square massacre, dispatched Lawrence Eagleburger and Brent Scowcroft to explain America’s actions to the communist Chinese leadership, presumably deeply concerned at not destabilising more important matters of future trade!

Such is the venal nature of international politics, in which justice, freedom and human rights are relegated below the mercenary requirements of commercial and political interest. Yet as Machiavelli noted men judge with their eyes, not their minds and for any political establishment presenting a suitably believeable appearance has its own importance. There is considerable public opinion which demands its governments to respect and act on matters of human rights, to be seen upholding values of democracy and justice. That cannot be taken lightly, particularly within supposed democracies such as Britain, where the power of the vote, though not quite the force it could be, still makes a government anxious to be seen responding to issues,  such as raised by the continuing oppression in Tibet and East Turkestan.

This political balancing act is of course no comfort to the traumatised Uyghurs, who despite decades of abuse and injustice continue their strugge for freedom from Chinese terrorism, yet find themselves, like the people of Tibet, largely abandoned by Western Governments, too busy appeasing China in the service of their self-serving economic relations. When freedom is eventually returned to Tibet and East Turkestan it will not be thanks to any head-of-state, but to the inspiring courage, determination and spirit which has challenged China’s occupation on the streets of Urumchi during the last few days.