A major shakeup within the Chinese Communist Party is raising serious concerns about the future of the country’s Muslim minority, who are currently being held in concentration camps.
The CCP chief in the Xinjiang region responsible for the persecution of Uyghur Muslims has been replaced, according to a weekend report.
Chen Quanguo, 66, will reportedly receive another appointment from Beijing, as the post of the party chief in Xinjiang has been assumed by former governor of the Guangdong province Ma Xingrui, state-run Xinhua News Agency reported.
Quanguo, who is a member of the CCP’s politburo, was sanctioned by the U.S. in 2020 for his role of orchestrating a massive security crackdown in Xinjiang, according to US-based reports.
Just as Biden signs a law banning imports from Xinjiang unless they can be shown not to have used Uyghur Muslim forced labor, the Chinese government removes Chen Quanguo, who oversaw the crackdown in Xinjiang. But that's not ending the severe persecution. https://t.co/sHZ22wDPph pic.twitter.com/t05BhgtyeA
— Kenneth Roth (@KenRoth) December 26, 2021
The U.S. State Department has declared the actions of the authorities of the region against Uyghurs as constituting a genocide.
According to one estimate, as many as two million Uyghurs are being held in forced labor camps that have reportedly benefited companies like Nike and Apple.
Last Thursday, Joe Biden signed the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act, which foresees banning imports from Xinjiang and imposing “sanctions on foreign individuals responsible for forced labor in the region.”
The Chinese government officials decried the law, claiming that it “maliciously denigrates the human rights situation in China’s Xinjiang in disregard of facts and truth,” according to State run reports.
Despite keeping millions of Uyghurs captive, Beijing remains the next host city for the upcoming winter Olympic games.
The Biden administration, along with other Western countries, have issued fake boycotts by refusing to send political diplomats to Beijing as a show of force against the Communist regime.
A diplomatic boycott does absolutely nothing except dig the contentious hole deeper between the United States and China.
Meanwhile, Joe Biden’s embattled son Hunter still remains invested in numerous China-based companies and holds million-dollar investments with companies tied to the CCP regime.
Author: Elizabeth Tierney