China and Genocide in the Modern Age
"Intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial and religious group." Genocide, As defined by the International convention, and as practiced by the People's Republic of China's Government. Uyghur Muslims, the central Asian-Muslim ethnic group that has as a minority in the region of Xinjiang in its north-western frontier, have been subjected to crime and torture from the Asian nation. The region is amongst the poorest in China and has turned into a place for separatism and extremism. The oppressive Chinese activity has been subject to continuous backlash ever since it received attention, but as it happens in the state, press and important details have been curbed and circumscribed within its boundaries. In the past few years, the government in China has attempted to fasten the process of their so-called re-educating Uyghurs, possibly to reduce Islamic separatism and militancy in the region using all sorts of means, and sterilizing Uyghur women to prevent any growth in population and restricting them to camps so as to finish any livelihood that is necessary to maintain a living. Does China accept this? Not really. They right from the beginning rejected any claims made about the existence of these camps, but when satellite images and evidence started to float, they were left with no option but to change it to confirm that educational camps are made to teach mandarin to the locals, which people were 'willingly' attending. A UN report by Committee on Racial Discrimination released in August 2018 stated that these camps have over a million Uyghurs detained. Children, on the other hand, are forced into orphanages away from their families. The purpose, to eradicate their ethnic lineage and distance them from their culture, instill mandarin usage, and train them to be 'proper Chinese'.
People who are witnessed keeping beards, or offering prayers, or even wearing long veils are detained under terror charges. Unbelievably a man was detained on such charges because his watch was set two hours before Beijing's time to follow Muslim prayer times. This later became a form of protest against the Chinese Communist Party. In today's ever-evolving digital world, it might not be justified to restrict Chinese inhumane activities by only one one-single term, Genocide. It's sort of a digital dictatorship and capitalism on the lives of a minority community that has continually been tortured in their own territory. The Uyghur population is roundabout 55% in the Xinjiang region where it is based. It is possibly one of the worst violations of human rights, the trauma goes beyond the extent where death feels comfortable than sustaining any longer.
CCP dislikes Islam and its Sinicization is the final solution as per them. It is a deliberate state policy serving the plans of a would-be global hegemon it aims to be. The political climate already crushes any forms of dissent and doesn't consider human rights, democracy, or freedom to be any of its goals, and it can concur with its upcoming economic goals. The Chinese government is one well-passionate about its belt and road initiative project, its importance in the region is well-known. The Economic Corridor passes through Xinjiang and will connect the region to central and western Asia, where the Muslim population is immensely high, causing a big worry to the state. The protests if not curbed on their end could create permissive conditions and cited to be a reason why China has also looked out to diversify the Uyghur population to prevent unity and also use it as a workforce for many such projects. Western countries are already agitated because of the virus that has pulled all major economies down to their knees. Resistance against China may not be feasible for many nations because of the excess with which they deal with them, but it is not completely impossible as well. COVID can be considered as an example.
A nation that doesn't facilitate the well-being of its residents shouldn't become a world power, and as famously observed earlier with a similar regime in Nazi Germany, it is hoped this will too ultimately fall. What China is doing to an ethnic culture is worth all dissent and backlash. A homogenous society may not necessarily be a harmonious society, and it won't be long that its image will witness all forms of dents. This is Genocide of the highest order.