China invests $1.3 trillion in Muslim countries, they remain silent about Uighur genocide
Friday, July 16, 2021
Jihad Watch : Can China buy an end to any jihad against it? The Islamic doctrines will
remain, but the Muslim countries have 1.3 trillion reasons to ignore
them for now. “$1.3 trillion And Counting: The Cost That Keeps Muslim Countries Mum on China’s Uyghur Genocide,” by Santosh Chaubey, News18, July 8, 2021:
Recently, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan said he
“accepted” China’s version regarding the treatment of Uyghur Muslims in
Xinjiang province. Khan, a fierce critic of Islamophobia, said China’s
version of bringing “improvement in the society” was much better than
the model followed by the western democracies. He, in fact, hailed the
Chinese Communist Party for it.
China has been calling the mass detention camps where Uyghur and
other ethnic minorities are transferred as “vocational education and
training centers”. However, the US, the European Union and the United
Nations have called these centres as detention camps, which has almost
two million Uyghur Muslims, according to different research reports, and
accuse China of committing genocide and forcefully assimilating Uyghurs
by banning its religious practices and restricting its population
China is also accused of using forced sterilisation techniques on
Uyghur women and separating Uyghur children from their families. They
are forced to learn Mandarin and are kept away from practicing religious
practices. Many investigative reports using satellite imagery have also
found that China is destroying Uygur mosques.
Also, as detailed in many reports, China has been using Uyghurs
Muslims as forced labour. Yet, the Pakistani PM and other Muslim
countries laud this model.
In 2019, nearly 37 nations, in a letter sent to the UN Human Rights
Council and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, defended the
China’s Xinjiang policy. The letter charged the Uyghur Muslims with
spreading terror and extremism and justified China’s actions as
counter-terrorism measures aimed at deracializing Uyghur Muslims.
Notably, 16 of the 37 countries have large Muslim population,
including Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Pakistan, Algeria,
Bahrain, Turkmenistan, Oman, Qatar, Syria, Kuwait, Somalia and Sudan.
The countries are also the members of the Organization of Islamic
Cooperation (OIC), representing 1.9 billion Muslim people. That explains
why even OIC is silent on the Uyghur genocide.
Malaysia in the past has defied requests to extradite Uyghurs back to
China and promises to continue with the policy but the government there
has seldom been vocal about the Uyghur genocide happening in China.
Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir bin Mohamad, again a ‘fierce’
Islamophobia critic, has avoided criticising China on the issue.
Turkey, that has around 50,000 Uyghurs from China has over the years,
has changed its Uyghur policy to become pro-China. According to the
Stockholm Center for Freedom, Turkey was a safe haven for Uyghur
refugees in the past but not anymore. Though Turkey’s extradition treaty
signed with China is awaiting a final approval, it has already started
detaining Uyghurs and putting them under strict surveillance. It has
allegedly started deporting Uyghur refugees to China via third countries
like Tajikistan — a Muslim majority nation.
But why are these Islamic nations silent on China’s repression of
Uyghurs in Xinjiang? It is perhaps due to Chinese investments and loans
into those countries.
China has roughly invested $1.3 trillion in Muslim majority countries
if we add up the investments done in the last 15 years and the current
and future economic deals.
Also, the calculation here does not include
secret loans given by China which borrowers are forced not to reveal,
obviously by a confidentiality clause, as shown in a study from