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Chinese tactics empty posturing

By Shih Ming-hsiung 施明雄

Less than 10 days after the committee’s report was released, the new mayor of Urumqi — groomed by the CCP — published an article in local media in which he stressed the importance of new laws to “preserve the stability of the region” and claimed that Uighurs are not descendants of the Turkic ethnic group, but have a blood lineage connected to the Zhonghua minzu Chinese ethnic group.

The mayor also rebutted the findings of the UN committee’s specialists, turning himself into Beijing’s flunky and a mouthpiece for the CCP’s “greater China” unification policy.

There is a parallel with Taiwan in this respect. In contrast with Xinjiang, since the foundation of the People’s Republic of China in 1949, Taiwan has never been under the administration of Beijing. Still there are many people in Taiwan who, despite eating the rice and drinking the water native to this land, have chosen to side with the enemy.

The name “China” is really an anachronism — an artificial construct created out of the dying ashes of the Qing Dynasty.

From the first emperor, Qin Shihuang (秦始皇), and the Qin Wars of Unification, through the Han, Tang, Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties, whenever society was at peace, tax revenues flowed into the government’s coffers and officials, gorging themselves on the finest food and wine, would invariably indulge in annexing weaker states.

However, now more than ever, due to the interconnected, globalized nature of the modern world, gains and losses are mutually shared between countries. As a result, saber-rattling can only be empty posturing, designed to intimidate and bully.

If Beijing were to risk starting a war, Chinese dissidents, who have been quietly biding their time, would inevitably seize the opportunity to rise up in revolt against their leaders. There would never be a better opportunity.

Shih Ming-hsiung is a political victim.

Translated by Edward Jones

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