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Uyghur forced labor praised by Chinese researchers

German researcher discovered a secret paper on the Internet about the exploitation and assimilation of the Muslim minority in China.

The German ethnologist and China expert Adrian Zenz has been looking for evidence of the “cultural genocide” that he accuses China of Uighurs for years. The Muslim minority in Xinjiang Province is imprisoned, re-educated and used in forced labor. Their children are taken away from them and women are forcibly sterilized.

Indirect evidence can sometimes be found on the Internet, such as administrative documents for hundreds of thousands of children who ended up in government custody. Zenz, for example, was also the first to track down the building tenders for the re-education camps for Uyghurs – and the government’s budget increase for new prisons by almost 1,000 percent.

Most recently, an interesting link was leaked directly to Zenz. He exposed a report from China’s Nankai University on forced labor models in which hundreds of thousands of interned Uyghurs toil in factories or as cotton pickers in Xinjiang. Many of them were shipped to coastal provinces, where they worked in factories at the lowest wages.

They live, eat and work, for example, in a shoe factory in Dongguan in southern China – strictly separated from “normal” workers and always under the control of security guards or surveillance cameras.

Zenz saved the document, which by mistake – and only briefly – was freely accessible on the Internet, and presented the “Nankai Report” to international media (BBC, Süddeutsche Zeitung and the Canadian newspaper The Globe and Mail) are available for evaluation. Their reports appeared on Wednesday.

Cheap workers

In the “Nankai Report”, which Zenz calls “almost an instruction manual for forced labor”, the researchers soberly outlined that the authorities fulfill three requirements from Beijing with forced labor, writes the Southgerman newspaper: “First, cheap labor for the economically strong regions in the south and east of China. Second, rest in Xinjiang. And: The implementation of one of the favorite projects of the head of state and party leader Xi Jinping, who had promised that nobody will be poor in China by the end of 2020. “

According to Beijing’s definition, a Uyghur only needs to have a little more than the equivalent of 1.90 euros per day at his disposal in order to no longer be considered poor. The researchers recommended annual Uighur quotas “to alleviate labor shortages and reduce labor costs”.

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Piecework in a Chinese shoe factory: competitive again thanks to cheap forced labor

Thanks to the cheap Uighur forced laborers, factories in coastal regions that were once considered the workbench of the world are back in the running for international orders. In addition, the university’s scientists explain, the “high density of ethnic Uyghurs” in Xinjiang is decreasing. And: “Your thinking, your values ​​and your view of life can be changed”.

“Sign of Despair”

“These statements and the finding that the measures were ‘effective’ shocked me,” Zenz told the KURIER. China Institute “are slander.” Beijing tries to portray my scientific research as politically motivated, or to defame me as a bad person. That is because the KP cannot refute my findings, since they are based almost exclusively on the government’s own documents, “says Zenz.” Actually, this is a sign of their despair. “

Zenz lives in the USA and has been working as a researcher for the “Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation “. The Washington Foundation was founded in 1993. It is intended to remind of the crimes of communist rule and to expose and document current human rights violations, explains Zenz. She was non-partisan, “otherwise I wouldn’t work for her”.

“Personal view”

But how did the Chinese government react to the “Nankai Report” that became public thanks to Zenz? Behavior. “We have taken note of it,” said a written statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. “It only reflects the author’s personal point of view.” Much of the content and statements did not match the facts.

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