Much of the talk on the world’s economic stage of late has been in regard to the showdown between Washington and Beijing.
Of course, the magnitude of this conflict warrants the concern. We are talking about two of the world most powerful economic forces squaring off in a fight that could bring much the world into the ring with it.
Both sides, at least of this writing, seem hellbent on coming out victorious – leading to inordinate weaving and bobbing by the stock markets and righteous anger in America’s agricultural heartland.
Today, the US is considering imposing new sanctions on China…but not over this trade dispute. These sanctions are in retaliation for something far more sinister.
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The Senate Foreign Relations Committee passed a bill Tuesday that, if enacted, would call for sanctions on the Chinese government and select individuals over the mass imprisonment of potentially millions of Muslims in concentration camps in eastern Xinjiang province.
The Chinese Communist Party (CCP), under Xi Jinping, has building hundreds of “re-eduation centers” that it claims are “vocational training” facilities for Uighurs, Kazakhs, Kyrgyz, and other minorities. Those who have survived them call them “concentration camps” – locations where they are taken by force to learn Mandarin, renouncing their Muslim faith, memorize communist propaganda songs, and engage in slave labor.
The gruesome tales from inside these camps are enough to boil any Americans’ blood; sleep deprivation, electroshock torture, and even death.
As if that weren’t enough…
The camps are so agonizing, a Kazakh survivor told Radio Free Asia (RFA) on Monday, that officials have established specific “crying time” to give those imprisoned a chance to release their frustrations.
“They say, ‘Now you can cry,’ but if we cry at other times when we feel the need, they criticize and threaten us, saying they will move us to a different camp,” Guzire Awulqanqizi told the outlet. “When we feel sad and cry, they say, ‘You cannot cry now—you can only cry when it is your allotted crying hour.’ At the crying hour, they shout at us, ‘Now you cry!’”
These human rights abuses will certainly be weighing on the minds of Americans as they study Washington’s next moves on trade as well.