Breaking Down the Xinjiang Crisis

The Twitter Left—the only Left that matters, really—is often woefully uninformed on the research that more hardline elements among them work assiduously to discredit. This is an ongoing effort to summarize and translate major documents, reports, and other resources that establish a fairly clear picture of what I have come to believe qualifies as cultural genocide against the Uyghurs in Xinjiang.

This is a work in progress, and some of the context for these documents might be missing if you're unfamiliar with what's going on, though I've tried my best to fill in details as I understand them wherever possible. Feel free to DM me on Twitter with any questions/corrections!

Part I: Background preliminary evidence

This section focuses on background to and the early stages of current policy in Xinjiang (up to 2017), and a critical analysis of the research paper published by Zenz in 2018 that significantly increased focus on the crisis.

Islamophobia and Party Policy in 2013: Evidence from Turpan
The Extremely Broad 2017 Xinjiang De-extremification Regulations
Qiu 2017: CCP research on mass internment
PRC denial of reeducation centers at the UN
Overview of Zenz 2018: "Thoroughly Reforming Them Towards a Healthy Heart Attitude"
Selected contracting documents cited by Zenz

Part II: Primary evidence—testimony, leaked documents, satellite imagery, and more

The Xinjiang Papers
Select table of victim and relative testimony
Outsiders' accounts of Xinjiang
Direct, written evidence from Party cadres

▫️ ICIJ China Cables

▫️ Satellite imagery: what it does and does not prove

Part III: Answering objections—denialist documents, common arguments, and PRC media depictions


Why would some people lie?

▫️ Testimony from Xinjiang: who do we believe, and why?

▫️ Most Muslim countries support China anyways

▫️ Chinese media and independent sources show that these camps are humane

▫️ This is an attempt to smear China by the West through compliant think tanks

▫️ The satellite imagery is imperfect, easily manipulated, and unreliable

▫️ The scale is nowhere near what's claimed by Western sources

▫️ Miscellaneous objections thrown around on Twitter

Part IV: So what?

Even forthercoming!

▫️Islamophobia, the War on Terror, and Chinese parallels

▫️“Genocide” and Xinjiang—what is the appropriate term for the crisis?

▫️What can other countries do, if anything?

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