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First the Uighurs, Now the Tibetans

09/24/20

John Stonestreet

Roberto Rivera

If anyone understands the slogan, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” it’s the Chinese Communist Party. Having imprisoned millions of Uighurs in concentration camps to eradicate their religious and ethnic identity with only a bit of moderate resistance from the rest of the world, Beijing saw what they could get away with. After all, they didn’t even lose the 2022 Winter Olympics!

Now the party is using the same playbook to deal with another troublesome religious and ethnic minority: Tibetans. So far in 2020, Beijing has pushed “more than 500,000 [Tibetan] rural laborers into recently built military-style training centers.”

It’s being called a “vocational training” program, which is Chinese Newspeak for “forced labor.” The goal is to reform “backward thinking,” and turn Tibetan speakers into Chinese ones.

The only way China changes is if it pays a real price, an economic one. If not, Beijing’s “business as usual” will target more religious minorities, including Christians.

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Resources:

China forces 500,000 Tibetans into labour camps

Anthony Galloway & Eryk Bagshaw | The Sydney Morning Tribute | September 22, 2020

China Poised to Clamp Down on Tibetan Buddhism

John Stonestreet | Breakpoint | September 3, 2020

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