Thread: In a tense exchange, the three EU leaders at the summit drew Xi’s attention to China’s human rights issues one by one – from Hong Kong, Xinjiang, Tibet, bookseller Gui Minhai and Canadians Kovrig and Spavor sc.mp/gw0ft
Xi hit back, saying “every country should first and foremost care about their own business”, according to Xinhua. “We believe the EU can properly resolve its own human rights problems. China does not accept ‘lectures’ on human rights and is opposed to double standards.”
Reportedly, Xi, at this point, began pointing out human rights issues in Europe, including anti-Semitism. EU leaders reportedly pushed back, saying China’s issues were “systemic”.
Michel then asked Xi to arrange a “field visit” to Tibet for EU officials attending a Human Rights Dialogue in China later this year, while calling for access for independent observers to Xinjiang.
@noahbarkin observers that this marks a new focus on human rights, as these types of sensitive issues would have been only discussed behind closed doors in the past.

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24 Sep
THREAD: In this NYT op-ed, I place the new discoveries about coercive labor training & transfer in Tibet in the wider context of Beijing's evolving ethnic minority policy.
My core argument is that this policy in essence harks back to the theories of...
nytimes.com/2020/09/24/opi…
...China's eminent anthropologist Fei Xiaotong and his concepts of the "Chinese Nation-Race" (中华民族) and the "pluralist unity" (多元一体), claiming that minorities such as Tibetans/Uyghurs are gradually melding into a Han Chinese "core" as a historical process.
Beijing, which needed a new minority policy approach after Deng Xiaoping's laissez-faire, adopted Fei's concepts under Jiang Zemin, who drew on them e.g. in a 1998 speech in Xinjiang: China had "too many languages", and the gradual reduction of languages is a universal trend.
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22 Sep
BREAKING: ***TIBET*** gets Xinjiang's militarized vocational training and coercive labor transfer scheme. State trained 1/2 million Tibetans by mid-2020 & set up a scheme to make them transfer their herds & land to state-controlled collectives. My report:
jamestown.org/program/jamest…
In 2019, Tibet (TAR) mandated "military-style" vocational training that includes "thought education", discipline, law & Chinese language, reforming Tibetans' "backward thoughts" & "weakening influence of religion". All in the name of poverty alleviation. Reminds us of...XINJIANG.
The similarities to Xinjiang are many, and since 2020, the scheme mandates quotas for the transfer of trained Tibetan "rural surplus laborers" to other provinces. In groups. Again, terminology & structure just like XINJIANG. By end of 2020, export scheme must cover entire TAR.
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20 Sep
Beijing now pays for Google Ads to display a link with a hit piece against me when you Google my name...! If you don't think that's OK, you can report it at this link:
support.google.com/google-ads/con… Image
To see the ad, you apparently need to search for results from the last week or 24hrs (via "search tools", see screenshot), scroll down until you see the ad, and copy the link to the ad on the complaint form. Image
You could say this is Fake News or similar, and could paste a website link that describes my real identity, such as e.g. victimsofcommunism.org/leader/adrian-…
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17 Sep
THREAD: My comments on Xinjiang's first-ever effort to counter allegations of forced labor, through a White Paper. Has some interesting new figures.
Keys to getting the most out of it (and avoiding false readings): 1. context, 2. read between lines /1
scio.gov.cn/zfbps/32832/Do…
First: this does NOT easily reveal numbers of persons in internment camps. Rather, it gives us a possible scope of coercive labor through the centralized, militarized training of rural surplus laborers (what my research describes as "flow 2"): /2 jpolrisk.com/beyond-the-cam…
XJ did 1.29 million "person-times" ("人次") trainings (annual average 2014-19), of them 451,000 in southern XJ. This is less than 1.29 million persons trained per year (some would have been trained more than once/year). Refers to training of rural surplus laborers. /3
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13 Sep
A Chinese company w/ links to Beijing's military & intelligence networks has compiled a vast database of detailed personal info of 2.4 million persons, incl. influential Western figures, w/ data from public sources and the "dark web". I am also in it. abc.net.au/news/2020-09-1…
Zhenhua Data's files include include profiles of the Queen, Prince Charles and the Dukes of Cambridge and Sussex.
While much of the information has been "scraped" from open-source material, some profiles appear to have been sourced from confidential bank records, job applications and psychological profiles.

The company is believed to have sourced some data from the so-called "dark web".
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8 Sep
Turpan, whose police Disney thanked at the end of Mulan, is the first documented case of re-education against Muslim minorities in Xinjiang. This Aug 2013 doc speaks of the "re-education" of "focus groups" to "eradicate the soil for the breeding and spread of religious extremism" Image
This January 2016 document speaks of "continuing to do re-education classes well" in order to "continually deepen / consolidate the results of de-extremification". Image
In July 2016, Zhu Hailun himself inspected Turpan's "centralized re-education training" work. Image
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