What kind of GDP and what kind of military power should a power – in this case, China – have in order to successfully combat standard global campaigns of lies against itself? The question, let's just say, remains open, it is only clear that Beijing has taken the matter seriously.
The battlefield, of course, is northwest China, Xinjiang with its Uyghur population. The intermediate target of the campaign is the Beijing Winter Olympics – 2022, the strategic goal is to undermine the global influence of this country, whatever its GDP or nuclear arsenal.
A key event this week is that the lower house of the Canadian parliament passed a resolution calling on the government to “take action” against the Olympic Games over China's “genocide” in Xinjiang. And this is absolutely not an isolated fact, given, say, the immediate attack on China at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva – where the United States, Germany, the European Union and other usual suspects joined Canada.
Let's see how Beijing fights back. Standard statements by diplomats listing how aggressors themselves violate human rights around the world have already happened, and the effect is questionable. But the parsing of what the “genocide in Xinjiang” is and where the facts about it come from is at least fun.
In this case, genocide is called mass sterilization and rape (in each case, it becomes tiresome to put quotation marks). This is a relatively new plot, before the main one was another topic: in general, about concentration camps, where either one or two million Uyghurs are imprisoned at any given moment. One of the key principles of creating post-truth is that old fakes are boring, new ones must be created, and they should be built on heartbreaking human stories rather than boring numbers.
As for the mass rapes: the source of information is Tursunai Ziavudun (actually Zinavdin), who said in an interview with CNN on February 18 (who else) that she was beaten and raped by the guards when she was in those alleged concentration camps, and that this is a typical case. She threw in the idea that, in addition, she was sterilized, and the same was with the other inhabitants of these institutions. Here is a specific human story for you, with the name of the accuser and a photo: everything is according to the rules.
Tursunai is the key “talking head” of the US-based “Uyghur Human Rights Project” – UHRP, this organization is now straightening out the necessary documents for its heroine for life in America. She was in Xinjiang for the last time, apparently, in 2019. The National Endowment for Democracy pays for the project. After this name, it is usually added that the fund is funded directly or indirectly by the CIA and that it was the first organization whose activities were recognized as undesirable in Russia – since 2012.
Someone else could say that this is an absolutely standard situation for such information campaigns with the same standard character, and calm down on this. But the Chinese are diligent and scrupulous people. They carefully analyzed everything that Tursunai said in various interviews (and there was also a conversation with the BBC and many others), and it turned out that the woman at least suffers from a weak memory. Including the memory of what she said in the previous interview. In her early statements, she only reported that she was afraid of rape. Plus little things: then, for example, animal guards pull the earrings out of her ears, then demand to remove them on their own … Here former friends said that the unfortunate woman had a problem – the inability to have children, which is why her husband divorced her. So sterilization (in the methods of which she was also constantly confused) is not in business here.
At that moment (in terms of technologies to combat post-truth) another interesting story arose, that is, other faces appeared with photographs and other things. These are Tursunai's ex-prisoners. They show pictures of their newborn babies, they say they are waiting for new ones …
Along the way, an unexpected side effect of the existence of those very “concentration camps” became clear. Let us recall that the point is that in Xinjiang, for young convicts on “weak” clauses of the article on terrorism, they came up with the replacement of prison with compulsory re-education courses. This is not a prison, because those being re-educated are allowed to go home for the weekend; it is rather a school or vocational school for those who at one time succumbed to the calls of the jihadists not to learn the “language of the enemy” or anything else. And okay, even the graduates of such schools immediately had the opportunity to find a job (at least because they learned the basics of Chinese, the language of their country). And now it turns out that many of them have gotten a taste for politics and have become growing public figures and at least public figures … Wow, what does the repressive regime do to people. Genocide, and nothing more.
By the way, about the genocide. When Xinjiang jihadized in front of the sluggish reaction of the central authorities – that is, for example, in 2010 – the Uyghur population there amounted to 10.17 million. Then, after a series of terrorist attacks and the start of a dejihadization campaign – that is, specifically in 2018 – there were 12.72 million Uyghurs there: an increase of a quarter. This is more than the growth of the Chinese (Han) population in the region, and indeed the national record. However, Xinjiang in recent years has set intra-Chinese records in everything: in the economy, living standards … Active childbearing is more likely a consequence of all these processes.
Let's go back to our conversation about post-truth. The authors of the Oxford Dictionary, recall, chose it as the “word of 2016”. This is the kind of thing when for the processing of public opinion it does not matter how it actually was – it is important who processes it. If “ours”, then everything is eaten. The existence of post-truth is greatly helped by the reduced level of public literacy and the powerful level of BigTech, that is, supranational information giants. 2020 U.S. Presidential Election
This problem is old; The sage Maimonides (XII-XIII centuries) noted on this occasion that the truth does not become more true because the whole world agrees with it, and does not become less true, even if the whole world does not agree with it. And China … I would like to say that it is winning, especially since it has long since learned to work in English, the Latin of our days. But for the public in the western group of Xinjiang states, it is all the same – sheer genocide and sterilization. So the battle is being waged taking into account the fact that there are almost two hundred countries in the world, and here the picture of information perception of truth and post-truth is very mixed. At least China is not trying to capitulate in the information war – this gives some hope.