US National Security Advisor Robert C. O'Brien
US National Security Advisor Robert C. O'Brien

'United States will continue to shine the light of truth on Xinjiang'

ANI | Updated: Jul 14, 2020 14:36 IST

Washington D.C. [US], July 14 (ANI): US National Security Advisor Robert C. O'Brien has hit out at China for "horrifying repression" of Uighurs and other Turkic Muslim minorities in Xinjiang province while saying that US will continue to "shine the light of truth" on Xinjiang.
In an opinion article in The Washington Post, he said: "Under Marxism-Leninism, the self-proclaimed ideology of the Chinese Communist Party, individuals do not possess inherent value. People are merely a tool to achieve the ends of the collective nation-state."
"The idea may sound inhumane, but it is as fundamental to the CCP as the Bill of Rights is to Americans. And the philosophy helps explain the CCP's horrifying repression of Uighurs and other Turkic Muslim minorities throughout the Xinjiang province," he said.
He mentioned several measures undertaken by the Trump Administration to punish China over the issue. He pointed out that US had recently imposed sanctions against senior Chinese officials over human rights violations in Xinjiang.
"Earlier this month, the Trump administration announced a business advisory for U.S. companies with supply-chain exposure to entities engaged in the CCP's use of forced labor and other human rights abuses in Xinjiang," O'Brien said.
"The president has also imposed export restrictions against 21 Chinese government entities and 16 Chinese companies complicit in China's campaign of repression, population control, mass arbitrary detention, forced labor and high-technology surveillance against Uighurs and other minorities."
Terming the details of CCP's anti-Uighur campaign as "heartbreaking", he said they reflect the Marxist-Leninist disdain for individual human beings.
"Whenever Chinese people dare defy the party by asserting their individual humanity, they stop being useful to the state and become a problem to solve the only way the CCP knows how: suppression and coercion," he said in the article.
The Uighurs are a majority in the Xinjiang province, situated in western part of China. Many international human rights organisations have accused China of cracking down on the Uighurs by sending them to mass detention camps, interfering in their religious activities and sending members of the community to undergo some form of forceful re-education or indoctrination.
O'Brien also termed, what he called as "signal event" of communist rule in China -- Great Leap Forward, the Cultural Revolution, the Tiananmen Square massacre and, more recently, the razing of Hong Kong's democratic system - as evidence of CCP's "indifference towards human rights and value of individual lives."
"That indifference," he said can be seen in the "vast archipelago of camps where 1 million Uighurs are undergoing "reeducation," "thought transformation" and forced labor."

He decried the extensive and extraordinary surveillance system in Xinjiang.
"More than 1 million CCP cadres, most of them men, reportedly live in Uighur homes while the household's adult males are in detention. Children as young as 2 years old are taken from their homes and raised in party-run orphanages," he said.
"Mosques are under constant surveillance and are being either "Sinicized" -- made subordinate to Chinese culture -- or destroyed at the party's direction. The CCP is even reinterpreting Islam's sacred book, the Koran, to align with its worldview," added O'Brien.
He noted that in 2016, while the CCP replaced the country's "one child" policy with incentives for the Han Chinese majority to have more children, but the one-child policy was reinforced for Uighur families.
O'Brien asserted that in Kashgar and Hotan, two of the prefectures that make up the Uighur heartland, the natural population growth rate (birth rates minus death rates) fell by 84 per cent between 2015 and 2018 while in 2019, birthrates in Xinjiang's ethnic-minority regions fell between 30 and 56 per cent while birth rates across China fell by only 4.2 per cent.
The US, he said, continues to stand against these policies, especially as they are aimed at Uighurs.
He also underlined that as long as these human rights violations will continue, the Donald Trump administration will continue to respond.
"The Trump administration's actions in recent days include blocking Chinese officials complicit in these abuses from traveling to the United States," he said.
"If the past century has shown us anything, it is that dangerous ideologies backed by powerful states rarely confine their malign conduct within their own borders. The United States will thus continue to shine the light of truth on Xinjiang -- for the Uighurs and for us all," said O'Brien.
China's Foreign Ministry on Monday announced reciprocal sanctions against the US Congressional-Executive Commission on China, Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom Samuel Brownback, US Senator Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz and Republican Chris Smith.
The US had on Thursday imposed sanctions and visa restrictions against some senior officials of the Chinese Communist Party in response to human rights violations in Xinjiang.
"I am designating three senior CCP officials under Section 7031(c) of the FY 2020 Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, for their involvement in gross violations of human rights: Chen Quanguo, the Party Secretary of the XUAR; Zhu Hailun, Party Secretary of the Xinjiang Political and Legal Committee (XPLC); and Wang Mingshan, the current Party Secretary of the Xinjiang Public Security Bureau (XPSB). As a result, they and their immediate family members are ineligible for entry into the United States," US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo had said in a statement. (ANI)