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Today is #InternationalWomensDay. Please remember the brave women suffering in #China-Occupied #EastTurkistan. They’re facing tremendous abuses at the hands of Chinese occupation forces. There, these ethnically-Turkic women are being forced to marry Han Chinese men. Many…
… have been thrown into prisons, #ConcentrationCamps, & Bingtuan #LaborCamps., where they face brainwashing, beatings, torture, rape, forced abortions, & involuntary medication. The mothers amongst them have had their beautiful children thrown into Chinese state-run orphanages…
… & of those who’ve survived, many are unsure about the whereabouts of their husbands, children, & other loved ones.

I support #IndependenceForEastTurkistan in part because I support #WomensRights… & the rights of all people to Life, Liberty, & the pursuit of Happiness.
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The @HongKongFP‘s one of my fav publications, but I must point this out: the overwhelming majority of native inhabitants in the area they call “#Xinjiang, #China” actually call their Homeland “#EastTurkistan” & view it as being under military occupation. Names matter, @TomGrundy.
… the region in Q. is home to not only #Uyghurs, but to #Kazakhs, #Kyrgyz, #Uzbeks, & #Tatars. The term “#Xinjiang” is a *colonial term* that was forcibly imposed on the inhabitants after #China’s #PLA & #CCP invaded/overthrew the #EastTurkistan Republic in 1949…
… it’s important that people understand the history in order to understand what’s going on right now. For nearly 70 years, these people have suffered under #CCP totalitarianism. #Beijing’s claims of “separatism” ring hollow when you realize they’re a foreign, occupying power.
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In his rush to let @JaredKushner, @StevenMnuchin1, & @Larry_Kudlow make a deal w/ #China’s #CCP, I fear that @POTUS @realDonaldTrump may not fully understand the existential downside risks that he’s facing. A deal w/ #Beijing will lose #Trump many, many friends & allies…
… and not simply in terms of individuals, but in terms of nation-states. Countries like #Japan, #India, & #Taiwan will suddenly find themselves on their back foot if #Trump kowtows to his friend, Chairman #XiJinping, & I shudder to think how they’ll respond. But beyond…
… sophisticated & capable actors like #Tokyo, #NewDelhi, & #Taipei, @POTUS @realDonaldTrump can expect draw the ire of an even wider circle: persons from #Tibet, #EastTurkistan, #Nepal, & elsewhere will view such a “deal” as hostile to their interests. Moreover, it doesn’t…
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It‘s remarkable that @RT_Erdogan is preventing peaceful demonstrators from raising awareness about the genocide #China‘s committing against the #Uyghurs of #EastTurkistan. Separately, I’ve seen tweets from #Turkey’s talking heads accusing the [frequently incompetent] @CIA of…
… being behind the demonstrations. As somebody who‘s openly, vocally critical of the #CIA (seriously, check my timeline) & who spends hours everyday trying to help raise awareness of the #Uyghur issue, I can tell you that I’ve seen *NO* US gov’t support for the #Uyghurs AT ALL…
… this is immensely frustrating, b/c this is a #HumanRights crisis & the #CIA would actually be in a position to help if they wanted to do the right thing. But more importantly, this conspiracy theory deflects from something more troubling: #Turkey’s closeness w/ #China
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Faced w/ an economy on the brink of implosion, #China’s #XiJinping‘ll probably have no choice but to switch to belligerency to rally domestic support. I fear even luminaries like @MikePillsbury misunderstand the situation. #Beijing’s empty trade promises are a stalling tactic…
… to give the #PLA time to prep for a new #ColdWar. The correct COA right now is to aggressively pursue a strongpoint containment strategy vs. #China while giving support to the people of #Tibet, #EastTurkistan, #InnerMongolia, #Manchuria, #HongKong, & #Taiwan, & while seeking…
… détente &, eventually, rapprochement (w/in limits) w/ #Russia (provided that #Moscow addresses certain high-ticket items, like its #INFTreaty violations). This misguided 3-month #TradeWar “truce” is a reprieve #China‘s using to strengthen & ready itself. A strategic mistake.
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It surprises me that @KSAMOFA, @Kemlu_RI, @MOFAUAE, @MofaQatar_AR, et al., aren’t urging Islamic scholars to steer radicals away from violence & towards nonviolent “information jihad.” The cause of #EastTurkistan’s #Uyghurs is one example where such an approach might do good…
… by “information jihad” I essentially mean “information [holy] warfare.” In the case of Occupied #EastTurkistan, this could inc. information ops to turn public opinion against Communist #China, influence ops to sway key leaders, hacking to dismantle the #GreatFirewall
… censorship circumvention operations (& software development), targeted cyberattacks to disrupt Communist #China’s own information warfare capabilities, data exfiltration to expose the atrocities against Muslims in #EastTurkistan, etc. Good reading: apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fullte…
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I don’t see #Gülen doing enough to help the #Uyghurs of #EastTurkistan. He doesn’t seem to support #EastTurkestan Independence, so I don’t see what use he is for the #UnitedStates#HumanRights agenda. I’m beginning to think it’d be best if we hand him over to @TurkishEmbassy.
… then again, I question whether #Turkey’s sincere in their efforts to help the #Uyghurs of #EastTurkistan. Recent misguided efforts by the Turks to seize control of the ET Gov’t-in-Exile make me wonder whether they have ulterior motives (like using #Uighurs to fight the Kurds).
… the fact of the matter is that #Turkey is sitting on a powder keg of an economy. Skyrocketing debt, out-of-control inflation, significant potential for #HumanRights sanctions over the treatment of journalists. And that dang S-400 system from #Russia. I worry about #Ankara.
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This is so sad, but it‘d also be bad if the @StateDept were holding back on taking stronger action against #Beijing to keep hope alive for these select families. @RadioFreeAsia is still using #China’s term for Occupied #EastTurkistan (“#Xinjiang”). Are these hostage families why?
… if it turns out that #RFAsia’s still using the Chinese Communist Party’s term — #Xinjiang — to refer to Occupied #EastTurkistan (which is what its inhabitants call it) in order to gain PREFERENTIAL TREATMENT for #Uyghur-language employees’ families… big scandal, @JohnLansing.
… I‘d encourage @BBGWatch to look into this. Nobody calls #Tibet by its #CCP name, “#Xizang,” so why are @USAGMgov outlets calling Occupied #EastTurkistan by its Chinese name, “Xinjiang?” We add insult to #Uyghurs’ injury by repeatedly & intentionally mis-naming their Homeland.
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We’re witnessing a slow-motion #Holocaust in Occupied #EastTurkistan. MILLIONS of Muslims, including the elderly, have been disappeared into Communist #China’s system of #ConcentrationCamps. Meanwhile, #Beijing is murdering CEO’s & even abducted the head of @INTERPOL. Crisis.
… it’s vital that #PacificRim nations coalesce around our shared values: #HumanRights, #PressFreedoms, & #RuleOfLaw. The time to push back on Communist #China is NOW. #America 🇺🇸, #Japan 🇯🇵, #Australia 🇦🇺, #India 🇮🇳, #Taiwan 🇹🇼, & others… join together to stop these atrocities!
… the free world — I hope you still cherish it — has never faced a more daunting & urgent threat that the one posed by Communist #China’s totalitarian regime. Nazi Germany’s population was 90 million. Soviet Russia’s was 293 million. Communist China? 1.386 BILLION. Must act NOW.
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Given the fact that @SaudiEmbassyUSA’s in desperate need of goodwill, one would think they’d be smart enough to do something magnanimous, like offer support to the #Uyghurs of #EastTurkistan. Instead, they threaten to strengthen Communist #China by selling oil priced in #yuan. 🙄
… in the grand scheme of things, #Khashoggi was one guy with — at the very least — a lot of very bad friends. #Turkey, meanwhile, has 200+ journalists imprisoned & is doing nothing to help the Turkic #Uyghur people. As Custodians of the Two Holy Mosques, @KSAmofaEN should help.
… despite this glaring fact, Saudi imams will THROW YOU OUT of a Mosque if you dare ask congregants to pray for the #Uyghurs of Occupied #EastTurkistan. The #KSA’s apparent unwillingness to align w/ Western democracies & oppose this unfolding genocide is a major strategic error.
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I assess that it’s unlikely Communist #China will exterminate the #Uyghurs of Occupied #EastTurkistan (“#Xinjiang”) using Nazi-style methods like gassing. #Beijing is smart enough that they’ll try to do it w/ a modicum of plausible deniability. Therefore, it’s vital we monitor…
… the condition of these #ConcentrationCamps in Occupied #EastTurkistan (“#Xinjiang”) for (1) cumulative average radiation exposure (from the daily body scans #Uyghurs are subjected to) & (2) prison diseases like #tuberculosis (which are fatal if untreated). We should also…
… consider the possibility that these diseases, when coupled w/ medical neglect, are an intentional strategy that Communist #China is using or will use to slowly eradicate the #Uyghur people of Occupied #EastTurkistan (“#Xinjiang”) housed in these #ConcentrationCamps. #GENOCIDE
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