President Xi Jinping 'linked to Uyghur crackdown in leaked documents'

Leaked documents ‘link President Xi and senior Chinese officials to crackdown on Uyghur Muslims

  • Top-secret documents appear to directly link Xi Jinping with Uyghur crackdown
  • Files contain transcripts of secret Xi speeches where he gives orders that led to creation of re-education camps, forced sterilization, and repression of religion
  • It is believed to be the first time that ‘top secretCCP documents have leaked
  • China is accused of committing geocide against Uyghurs, which Beijing denies
  • Chinese President Xi Jinping and other Communist officials have been directly linked to atrocities against Uyghur Muslims in a new leak of top secret documents.

    The trove contains what appear to be transcripts of speeches given by Xi, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and other officials that directly led to the creation of re-education camps, forced sterilization, and forced labour transfers of Uyghurs, ontleders sê.

    It is the first time that Xi has been directly linked with what western governments have described as ‘genocide’ in Sjina‘s western Xinjiang region, and is also thought to be the first time that any ‘top secretCommunist Party documents have leaked.

    Secret speeches given by Xi Jinping and other senior Chinese officials in 2014 appear to have led to what western leaders have called a 'genocide' of Uyghurs in Xinjiang province

    Secret speeches given by Xi Jinping and other senior Chinese officials in 2014 appear to have led to what western leaders have called a ‘genocideof Uyghurs in Xinjiang province

    The papers, which run to 317 bladsye, were first handed to the Uyghur Tribunal currently underway in London and were passed to a panel of experts led by German academic Adrian Zenz for analysis.

    Syne summary van die dokumente, including translations and original papers, was published for the first time on Saturday.

    Dr Zenz lays out how speeches given by Xi, Li and other officials in the wake of terror attacks in China in 2013 en 2014 – blamed on Uyghur separatistsled to the creation of a regime which now represses and persecutes Muslims in Xinjiang.

    His analysis details how words spoken by Xi and others were later quotedsometimes verbatimby those who developed and implemented the regime.

    In one example, he notes how Xi gave a 2014 speech in which he declared ‘those who should be seized should be seized, and those who should be sentenced should be sentencedin the wake of the attacks.

    A very similar phrase was then used by Cheng Quanguo, a party official overseeing the Uyghur crackdown in Xinjiang, when he gave an infamous 2017 speech in which he said ’round up everyone who should be rounded up.

    Tens of thousands of Uyghurs have been thrown into forced reeducation camps, forcibly sterilized and had their families broken up in a Chinese crackdown on the minority

    Tens of thousands of Uyghurs have been thrown into forced reeducation camps, forcibly sterilized and had their families broken up in a Chinese crackdown on the minority

    Quanguo’s speech was given in the context of rounding up Uyghur’s to be sent to forced ‘re-educationcamps.

    In another speech, Xi referred to religious extremism as a ‘poisonthat had to be corrected with ‘medicineto ‘support the correct, remove the evil.

    In 2017, a work report from a re-education camp used the exact same phrase‘support the correct, remove the evil’ – while assessing the aim of its work.

    Xi’s 2014 speeches also seem to have inspired the forced sterilization and birth control campaigns targeting Uyghur women in Xinjiang, after he said thatpopulation proportion an population security are important foundations for long-term peace and stability.

    That statement was then quoted verbatim by a senior Xinjiang official in July 2020, who used it to argue that Xinjian’s ethnic Han Chinese population was ‘too low’.

    Xi also stated that birth control policies should be made ‘equal for all ethnic groups’, a phrase that was later used by the Xinjiang Health Commission as its stated aim while it tried to reduce birth rates among Uyghur populations.

    Leaked documents detail speeches given by Xi, whose contents were later quoted verbatim by officials overseeing the re-education camps (op die foto) and birth control programmes

    Leaked documents detail speeches given by Xi, whose contents were later quoted verbatim by officials overseeing the re-education camps (op die foto) and birth control programmes

    Other speeches also linked Xi’s ideas with policies that forced Uyghurs to relocate for work, forced children to attend Han boarding schools, repressed religious ceremonies such as weddings, and forced of Han and Uyghur households to merge.

    ‘The files show that Xi Jinping, Premier Li Keqiang and another former central government official directly and indirectly demanded policies that were then implemented,’ Dr Zenz wrote.

    It is not the first time that senior Chinese leaders have been linked to the crackdown on Uyghurs in Xinjiang.

    In 2019, die New York Times published its own trove of information that Dr Zenz said includes many of the same documents he was asked to analyse.

    Maar, he said the papers published by the NTY ‘didn’t mention several key documents, didn’t bring out key links, and didn’t disclose the secrecy level of Xi’s speeches’.

    Beijing has vehemently and consistently denied that its policies in Xinjiang constitute ‘genocide’, and argues it is carrying out anti-terror operations.

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