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Ex-Prisoner Says China’s ‘Vocational Training Centers’ a Complete Lie

December 7, 2018
The ongoing repression in China is about “protecting the Chinese Communist Party.”
Uyghur Reveals Chinese Communist Party’s Crimes in Xinjiang

December 6, 2018

China’s claims that Xinjiang’s mass internment camps—where at least one million predominantly ethnic Uyghurs are being held—are “vocational training centres” are completely “fake and made up,” a former Uyghur camp detainee has told The Epoch Times.

Countering claims made by the China’s ruling Communist Party, who in October described the facilities as “free vocational training centers” that make life more “colorful,” the former detainee, Gulbukhar Jalilova, said “they are lying through their teeth,” adding that she “never saw a single classroom.”

Xinjiang governor Shohrat Zakir told state-run Xinhua news agency that people detained in the camps “will advance from learning the country’s common language to learning legal knowledge and vocational skills.”

Xinjiang governor Shohrat Zakir

But 54-year-old Gulbukhar said instead of learning vocational skills, “I moved from camp to camp, room to room, and never saw anybody spending any time learning something.”

Gulbukhar, a Kazakhstan national and businesswoman, was held in an all-female camp in Xinjiang’s capital, Urumqi, for just over 15 months before she was released in September this year. She was detained after being falsely accused of transferring $17,000 into a company called Nur. She was released by officials after they said they had been told she was innocent.

She was tricked into traveling to Urumqi after receiving a phone call from her business associate’s daughter. She was told there were “big problems” and that she needed to come to the capital immediately from her home in Kazakhstan. She was arrested upon her arrival.

Uyghur woman Gulbukhar Jalilova who was released from Xinjiang reeducation camp
Businesswoman Gulbukhar Jalilova, 54, a former Uyghur detainee in Xinjiang, China. (Gulbukhar Jalilova)

The CCP’s narrative of providing detainees with “vocational skills” to help with employment does not add up, the 54-year-old said, because the types of women held in camp with her were “very rich, educated people,” such as “businesswomen, doctors, nurses and teachers.”

“They weren’t homeless people or those with no money who needed training—that’s a lie from the CCP,” she told The Epoch Times.

“They could afford to go overseas and then when they came back, they were detained.”

But amongst the claims Zakir made, as the CCP moved to legalize the facilities, is that detainees are offered “practical opportunities,” such as learning about “businesses in garment making, mobile phone assembly, and ethnic cuisine catering.”

The CCP has long justified its measures against Uyghurs, the majority of whom are Sunni Muslim, saying the facilities aim to “educate and transform” those that it deems at risk of the “three evil forces” of “extremism, separatism, and terrorism.”

Uyghurs, alongside other ethnic minorities like the Tibetans, as well as faithful believers who remain outside state control, including house Christians and Falun Gong, have long been targeted by the CCP for transformation through “re-education.”

Chinese state broadcaster CCTV aired a 15-minute segment in October, offering a glimpse into life inside one of the centers—the Hotan City Vocational Skills Education and Training Center.

The “trainees” can be seen reading from large textbooks in the clip and are shown learning various skills such as baking, woodworking, sewing, and cosmetology.

“Whatever the CCP shows on TV and videos—it’s all fake and made up. There are no classrooms. We just sit in our rooms and stare at the wall. The door only opens to punish you, that’s it,” Gulbukhar added.

While China’s state TV footage showed rooms with air conditioning, decorated with bunting and balloons, Gulbukhar said it is a depiction far from reality. Detainees are confined to their rooms, poorly treated, and kept in shackles in overcrowded conditions, she said.

Those in her camp were forced to ingest unknown medicine daily and were injected with a substance every month which “numbs your emotions.” They were also subject to various forms of torture including food and sleep deprivation, physical punishments, while some were even killed, she said.

Chairing a Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC) hearing on Nov. 29, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio said given the daily realities in communist China, where “Uyghur Muslims are rounded up and interned in camps, Tibetan monks and nuns are forced to undergo political re-education sessions, Falun Gong practitioners are reportedly sent to legal education centers for indoctrination, and Christian believers are harassed and imprisoned,” many observers are describing the current wave of repression in China as “the most severe since the cultural revolution.”

Rubio added he believes the CCP’s motivation behind the escalating crackdown “is an obsessive desire … to create a sort of unified, national identity, which must be stripped of anything that competes with it—ethnicity, religion, ethnic cultural tradition.”

China analyst Dr. Samantha Hoffman from the Australian Strategic Policy Institute added at the hearing that the ongoing repression in China is about “protecting the Chinese Communist Party.”

The CCP’s “concept of what we would call national security I think is better translated as party state security,” she said. “[T]here are dimensions … dealing with the internal struggle for power … and then dealing with everything outside the party; controlling the narrative, controlling the ideological space.

“That means that the state security methods extend far beyond China’s borders and that’s why you see the harassment of overseas Chinese.”


Hundreds of scholars condemn China for Xinjiang camps — “Psychological torture of innocent civilians.”

November 27, 2018

Countries must hit China with sanctions over the mass detention of ethnic Uighurs in its western Xinjiang region, hundreds of scholars said on Monday, warning that a failure to act would signal acceptance of “psychological torture of innocent civilians.”

Beijing has in recent months faced an outcry from activists, academics and foreign governments over mass detentions and strict surveillance of the Muslim Uighur minority and other ethnic groups that live in Xinjiang.

In August, a United Nations human rights panel said it had received many credible reports that a million or more Uighurs and other minorities are being held in what resembles a “massive internment camp that is shrouded in secrecy” in the region.

Uighur security personnel patrol near the Id Kah Mosque in Kashgar in western China’s Xinjiang region. (Ng Han Guan/AP)

Representatives from a group of 278 scholars in various disciplines from dozens of countries called on China at a news briefing in Washington to end its detention policies, and for sanctions directed at key Chinese leaders and security companies linked to the abuses.

“This situation must be addressed to prevent setting negative future precedents regarding the acceptability of any state’s complete repression of a segment of its population, especially on the basis of ethnicity or religion,” the group said in a statement.

Countries should expedite asylum requests from Xinjiang’s Muslim minorities, as well as “spearhead a movement for UN action aimed at investigating this mass internment system and closing the camps,” it said.

China rejects criticism of its actions in Xinjiang, saying that it protects the religion and culture of minorities, and that its security measures are needed to combat the influence of “extremist” groups that incite violence there.

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China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi

The country’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi has said the world should ignore “gossip” about Xinjiang and trust the government.

But after initial denials about the detention camps, Chinese officials have said some people guilty of minor offences were being sent to “vocational” training centers, where they are taught work skills and legal knowledge aimed at curbing militancy.

Michael Clarke, a Xinjiang expert at Australian National University who signed the statement, told reporters that China sought international respect for its weight in global affairs.

“The international community needs to demonstrate to Beijing that it will not actually get that while it’s doing this to a significant portion of its own citizenry,” Clarke said.

Reporting by Michael Martina; Editing by Lisa Shumaker


See also:

China is creating concentration camps in Xinjiang. Here’s how we hold it accountable.

Australia: Exiled captain Steve Smith

April 4, 2018

By Andrew Wu

Exiled captain Steve Smith will not be challenging his 12-month ban for his involvement in the ball tampering crisis.

Smith is the first of the banned trio to make a decision on whether to accept or challenge the punishments handed out by the Cricket Australia board.

Image result for steve smith, weeping, Photo: Janie Barrett

Smith was given a 12-month ban from domestic and international cricket and stripped of the captaincy. He will not be eligible for any leadership position for two years.

While many believe the sanctions were harsh, including the players union the Australian Cricketers’ Association, Smith issued a statement on social media on Wednesday afternoon saying he would not fight the ban.

The group also wants an independent review of the culture of cricket in Australia, as well as a second look at the punishments on Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft.

“I would give anything to have this behind me and be back representing my country. But I meant what I said about taking full responsibility as Captain of the team. I won’t be challenging the sanctions. They’ve been imposed by CA to send a strong message and I have accepted them,” Smith said.

A distraught Smith made an emotional apology last Thursday after his arrival in Sydney, saying he had let down Australian cricket and its fans.


Steve Smith


I would give anything to have this behind me and be back representing my country. But I meant what I said about taking full responsibility as Captain of the team. I won’t be challenging the sanctions. They’ve been imposed by CA to send a strong message and I have accepted them.

Australia ball-tampering scandal — who’s saying what

March 29, 2018


© AFP | Tears: Australian captain Steve Smith

JOHANNESBURG (AFP) – Australia ball-tampering scandal — who’s saying what on Twitter and at news conferences:”I take full responsibility, I made a serious error of judgement and I understand the consequences. It was a failure of leadership.”

— Disgraced skipper Steve Smith accepts his role in the ball tampering plot before breaking down in tears on arrival back in Sydney

“Mistakes have been made which have damaged cricket. I apologise for my part and take responsibility for it. It’s a stain on the game we all love and I have loved since I was a boy.”

— David Warner who was blamed for hatching the plot

“It is something I will regret for the rest of my life. All I can do in the short term is ask for forgiveness.”

— Cameron Bancroft who was pictured using sandpaper to alter the condition of the ball

“This will be my last Test as head coach of the Australian cricket team. Saying goodbye to the players was the toughest thing I have ever had to do.”

— A tearful Darren Lehmann announces he will quit the scandal-hit Australia team after the fourth and final Test of the ongoing series against South Africa in Johannesburg

“My family and I have copped a lot of abuse over the last week and it’s taken its toll.”

— Lehmann explains a more personal factor behind his decision


— Smith’s predecessor Michael Clarke’s reaction to the captain’s tearful press appearance in Sydney

“Just seen @stevesmith49’s press conference. As a parent, I’m gutted for him & his family! Shout me down if you want, but I’m speaking as a parent! It will get better mate!”

— Ex-England batsman Kevin Pietersen offers a consoling word

“Just watched Smith presser. Hope everybody has had their pound of flesh now.”

— Former England batsman Mark Butcher echoing the thoughts of many

“‘Good people make mistakes’ … I honestly think Steve Smith & Cam Bancroft are decent guys who had a moment of madness … they deserve a 2nd chance and hopefully get the right support around them now … Takes a lot guts to do what they did today.”

— Former England captain Michael Vaughan shows support for Smith and Bancroft but not Warner

“At least Steve Smith has the courage to admit like a man but absolutely gutted to see Steve Smith breaking down @ the press conference & also they way people treating him @ Airport & in Australia it’s sad leave that poor chap alone now.”

— Ex-Pakistan bowler Shoaib Akhtar, the fastest in the world, hails Smith’s courage

“The spirit of the game is of utmost importance, there’s no denying that. They made a mistake and they accepted it. It would be unfair of me to sit here and question the board’s decision, but they are great players and I don’t think this should define them.”

— Indian vice-captain Rohit Sharma hopes the trio can rebound into cricket

“And boy do I hope that a lot of us are completely wrong in thinking these 3 weren’t the only ones to know, cos it?ll be A WHOLE LOT WORSE for those who knew, if they did…!”

— Pietersen rounds off, with question marks over how no Australians bowlers seemingly knew of a plan designed to help them swing the ball when bowling.


South China Sea: Prominent Chinese State Media Outlet “Global Times” Launches a Scathing Attack on Australia

August 2, 2016

AUGUST 2, 2016
By Gavin Fernando
A PROMINENT state-run Chinese newspaper has launched a scathing attack on Australia and threatened to take military action over the South China Sea dispute.

The Global Times editorial piece, entitled ‘‘Paper cat’ Australia will learn its lesson’, follows the Federal Government’s decision to support an international tribunal over the South China Sea.

It describes Australia as a “delirious” country with “an inglorious history” that is mocked by others, going right back to British colonisation in 1788 in its searing assessment.

“It was at first an offshore prison of the UK and then became its colony, a source of raw materials, overseas market and land of investment,” the editorial reads.

“This country was established through uncivilised means, in a process filled with the tears of the aboriginals.”

It accuses Australia of not only “trying to please the US”, but of intending “to suppress China so as to gain a bargaining chip for economic interests”.

A prominent Chinese media outlet has launched a scathing attack on Australia.Source:Getty Images

The piece goes on to make a direct threat to the nation, warning that if Australia physically involves itself in the South China Sea waters, our country will “be an ideal target for China to warn and strike”. The media outlet said “China must take revenge and let it (Australia) know it’s wrong”.

The hostile piece concludes by saying “Australia is not even a ‘paper tiger’, it’s only a ‘paper cat’ at best”. The term ‘paper tiger’ refers to something that seems intimidating but has no real power.

“Australia has unexpectedly made itself a pioneer of hurting China’s interest with a fiercer attitude than countries directly involved in the South China Sea dispute.


“But this paper cat won’t last.”


Last month, Australia supported an international court decision ruling that China had no legal basis to claim historical rights in the South China Sea.

The court found heavily in favour of The Philippines, which initiated the case, but Chinese President Xi Jinping said his country’s “territorial sovereignty and marine rights” would not be affected by the ruling.

There are fears Australia’s involvement in the South China Sea dispute could exacerbate tensions with China.Source:News Corp Australia

Dr Michael Clarke, an Associate Professor at the National Security College, told it was clear that China is feeling belligerent towards Australia at the moment.

“They’re really hell bent on targeting the US, and saying Australia is this extra-regional actor which doesn’t have a role to play in this.”

In other words, China wants Australia to butt out of the South China Sea dispute altogether.

But, while he acknowledged the editorial’s wording is fairly strong, Dr Clarke said the Global Times is a nationalistic “tabloid mouthpiece” that can safely be taken with a grain of salt.

He said that, rather than a sign of an imminent attack by the Chinese government, the editorial was merely just a symbol of the larger debate — does Australia have to make a choice between its global alliances and its economic relationship with China?

He also said Australia’s fate in this scenario could vastly differ depending on who becomes the President of the United States, following the November election.

“With respect, if Hillary Clinton wins, we’ll have a much clearer idea of what’s going to happen,” he said. “She has a much clearer track record.

“Trump is very much uncertain, he’s more concerned with mouthing off for US security. It’s safe to say Australian leaders will make the call when the time comes.”

Dr Clarke said the outcome of the US election could make a dramatic difference to Australia’s role in the South China Sea dispute.Source:AFP

Dr Adam Lockyer, a security expert from Macquarie University, told that the last thing Australia would need is to have to choose between China and the US.

“Australia’s position is we don’t want to choose,” he explained. “As soon as we’re forced to make a choice, we lose. The guiding principle of Australian foreign policy is ‘Don’t choose between the US and China’. Doing so will either affect our security or our economy – or both.”

He expressed particular concern over a potential Trump presidency, saying the Republican frontrunner has been “quite bullish” in his comments towards China, and warned the aggressive rhetoric could hurt our crucial relationship with them


China’s stance on Australia has taken an aggressive turn over the past month.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop

Just last week, China pronounced itself “very unsatisfied” with the actions of countries like Australia, warning of “serious measures” if global powers continue to oppose its development in the South China Sea.

Earlier in July, China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang denounced Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, warning that Australia must “talk and behave cautiously”.

He was responding to comments she made last month on ABC radio, where she said China should abide by the UN ruling and Australia would continue freedom of navigation exercises.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang has denounced Foreign Minister Julie Bishop.Source:News Corp Australia

The nation was further incensed after US Vice President Joe Biden met with Malcolm Turnbull.


Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop in Beijing in February. Photo: Wu Hong

Mr Biden said China and the US were committed to “making sure the sea lanes are open and the skies are free for navigation”.

He said waterways such as the South China Sea were “the life bloodlines of commerce and the economic growth worldwide” and the two partnering nations were ready to face “any challenges in the Pacific with a united front”.

US and Australian troops plan to step up training so they are “fully prepared” to cope with rising tensions over Beijing’s claims in the region.

The Chinese government warned Australia its position was “detrimental to the political foundation of our relationship”, and “present co-operation” would be “damaged” if it took further action.


A U.S. State Department expert on China told Peace and Freedom that China is trying to destroy the alliances in Asia that it sees as enemies of China. “Australia’s trade with China gives China a way to influence decision making in Australia toward China’s objectives. Australia and Vietnam are have a particularly hard time from Chin right now,” he said.


 (Seems a little ballsy to us that China would even suggest this….)

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Beijing. Reuters photo



 (Who else tells other sovereign states what can and cannot be discussed?)




 (China always tells others what topics can and cannot be discussed)

Giant clam at Hundred Islands National Park — a national park in the Philippines. These giant clams are now endangered. Photo by Ed Gomez

Reef debris after destruction by a Chinese super dredge in the South China Sea

David and Goliath ? A China Coast Guard ship (top) and a Philippine supply boat engage in a stand off as the Philippine boat attempts to reach the Second Thomas Shoal, a remote South China Sea reef claimed by both countries, on March 29, 2014. The Philippines was resupplying Filipino marines on BRP Sierra Madre. (AFP Photo/Jay Directo)

In this photo released by the Office of the City Mayor of Davao City, President-elect Rodrigo Duterte, right, receives a copy of the book on Chinese President Xi Jinping from Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua during a courtesy call in Davao City in the southern Philippines, Monday, May 16, 2016. Office of the City Mayor Davao City via AP, file
Mr. Duterte should be saying, “Show me the money.” China owes the Philippinines hundreds of billions of dollars. They should be made to pay in gold since they manipulate their currency.