Why it now suits America to cool the talk of Beijing’s Uighur ‘genocide’ in Xinjiang.

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is a British writer and analyst of politics and international relations with a primary focus on East Asia.

is a British writer and analyst of politics and international relations with a primary focus on East Asia.

In his last day in office, former US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo affirmed that the Uighurs’ situation in China’s Xinjiang autonomous region amounted to “genocide”– one of the gravest crimes in international law, forever haunting the world through the legacy of Nazism. Unsurprisingly, the designation, which constitutes the crime of deliberately intending to destroy a people or ethnicity altogether, dramatically increased tensions between the US and China. Furthermore, it succeeded in boxing in the succeeding Biden administration, which didn’t deviate from the narrative.

But now that we have arrived in October, Xinjiang has all but disappeared from the international political agenda, a puzzling state of affairs if the situation there is as severe as it is claimed to be. The Biden administration has said remarkably little about it of late and, although the media still bring it up from time to time, the relentless coverage accusing Beijing has eased off, as has the procession of new ‘studies’ pressing the genocide claim, which were also given plenty of coverage.

Instead, an unusual article appeared in the Associated Press on Wednesday. While still accusing China of human-rights abuses in the region, it proceeded to significantly backtrack and tone down the state of affairs, leading with the headline: “Terror and tourism: Xinjiang eases its grip, but fear remains” and setting out that China itself has scaled down the situation and that Uighurs are back on the streets. 

The key takeaway? The outlet has completely changed its narrative. In June it provided a platform for so-called experts to directly state China was pursuing genocide, but it has now changed course and is framing the situation in Xinjiang as being in the past – a de-escalation if ever there was one. One of those who had been quoted, anti-Communist scholar Adrian Zenz, was peddled by the media on an industrial scale throughout 2019 and 2020 as the ‘go to’ expert on the matter, but has now not featured in a mainstream publication for months.

Those who have been campaigning about Xinjiang reacted in horror at the latest AP piece on Twitter and scrambled to defend their positions. But it’s a sign of the times. The English-language mainstream media has always followed the US. Brinkwire Summary News. For more information, search on the internet.

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