Chinese dictator Xi Jinping on Wednesday announced the launch of a so-called “Global Civilization Initiative,” a plan to establish a “global network for dialogue and cooperation among civilizations” in the pursuit of “diversity” and “tolerance.”
China is currently engaged in genocide against several ethnic groups, most notably the Uyghurs of occupied East Turkistan. The Chinese Communist Party has also enacted several laws over the past decade aimed at eradicating local cultures, particularly in East Turkistan, Tibet and Inner Mongolia, forcibly separating children from their families, forcing the foreign Mandarin language on local cultures and to ban essentially all religion not directly governed by the state.
Despite China’s prominent role as a world leader in the genocide since at least 2017, Xi told leaders gathered Wednesday for a virtual meeting between Chinese Communist Party leaders and others sympathetic to the cause that Beijing wants to take a leadership role by “advocating the common values of humanity”. Xi listed these, according to the state Global timesas “peace, development, equality, justice, democracy and freedom”.
“Xi stressed that tolerance, coexistence, exchange and mutual learning between different civilizations play an irreplaceable role in advancing humankind’s modernization process and making the garden of world civilization flourish,” he said Just passed on, “since the future of all countries today is closely linked”.
The dictator did not elaborate on how exactly the Global Civilization Initiative would work to promote these values, or what type of institutions or events it might consist of. To the extent that Chinese media reports explained the program, they described Xi as building a “global network for dialogue and cooperation between civilizations” to “promote the progress of human civilizations together.”
The program is the third in a series of vague proposals put forward publicly by Xi himself, after the Global Development Initiative and the Global Security Initiative. The Chinese government has not explained how or if the Global Development Initiative differs from the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), a global plan under which China offers poor countries pirated loans to pay China for unsustainable, expensive infrastructure projects. The aim of the Global Security Initiative, on the other hand, seems to be to convince the participating states to give up their individual national security interests in favor of an undefined global good.
China’s state broadcaster CGTN further reported that Xi described the Global Civilization Initiative as promoting “respect for the diversity of civilizations, advocating the common values of humanity, valuing the heritage and innovation of civilizations, and standing up for resilient international people-too together.” -People sharing and collaborating.”
“Countries must remain open about acknowledging how different civilizations perceive values, and refrain from imposing their own values or models on others and fomenting ideological confrontations,” Xi said.
Under Xi Jinping, China has initiated several racist Han ethnic cleansing programs and at least one campaign that human rights experts widely describe as genocide — a far cry from Xi’s encouragement of other states to show “respect for the diversity of civilizations.” An independent tribunal of human rights experts and international legal scholars, the Uyghur Tribunal, concluded in 2021 that China was guilty of the East Turkestan genocide “beyond a reasonable doubt” as several government actions meet the legal definition of the term.
In East Turkestan, Xi Jinping ordered the construction of a sprawling network of concentration camps for Uyghurs and other non-Han ethnic groups in the region in 2017. At their peak, the camps are said to have housed up to three million people. China has not denied their existence, but has denied that they are concentration camps, calling them “vocational and training centers.”
At the centers, survivors testified before the Uyghur Tribunal that Chinese government agents indoctrinated prisoners into communism, forced them to renounce their faith (Uyghurs are predominantly Muslim), enslaved them and subjected them to a horrific list of tortures, including beatings and sleep deprivation , electric shock and gang rape. The women, they testified, were forcibly sterilized or their unborn children were killed; Some have mysteriously allowed their young children to die in state custody.
Under enormous international pressure, China has moved many of the concentration camp victims out of the facilities. However, human rights experts believe many were simply taken to factories, cotton farms and other facilities across the country and remain enslaved. The Chinese internet, human rights defenders have documented, is littered with government-sponsored advertisements selling Uyghurs as slaves.
“[O]Only if the diversity of civilizations is respected can an equal exchange between different cultures take place,” according to the Chinese regime newspaper China Daily proclaimed on Thursday and describes the goals of the “Global Civilization Initiative”. “The exchange between people of different cultures is imperative to constantly update and expand the common values of humanity.”
“Humanity’s modernization should be like a garden in which a hundred flowers bloom,” the article continued, an apparent reference to Mao Zedong’s “Hundred Flowers” campaign. In 1956, Mao announced a government-led initiative to promote the free expression of political opinion “to make a hundred flowers bloom and a hundred schools of thought contend.” Soon after, Mao announced that the project had spawned too many “weeds” and purged those who had expressed any disagreement with Maoist orthodoxy.
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