Xin­jiang pol­icy wins sup­port

37 na­tions laud China’s anti-ter­ror­ism achieve­ments

Global Times US Edition - - FRONT PAGE - By Liu Xin

A to­tal of 37 coun­tries, all de­vel­op­ing na­tions, in­clud­ing some Mus­lim ma­jor­ity coun­tries, sent a joint let­ter to the United Na­tions Fri­day in sup­port of China’s gov­er­nance over its Xin­jiang Uyghur Au­ton­o­mous Re­gion, two days af­ter 22 West­ern coun­tries crit­i­cized China’s poli­cies in the re­gion.

Chi­nese ex­perts and of­fi­cials from Xin­jiang said that the 37 coun­tries’ sup­port for China shows their recog­ni­tion of China’s ef­forts in anti-ter­ror­ism and elim­i­nat­ing ex­trem­ism.

They said it also ex­posed West­ern coun­tries’ bla­tant at­tempt to politi­cize hu­man rights in the in­ter­na­tional arena, whereas hu­man rights should be pushed for­ward with the progress of hu­man so­ci­ety rather than be­ing used as a po­lit­i­cal tool to smear other sov­er­eign na­tions.

“We com­mend China’s re­mark­able achieve­ments in the field of hu­man rights by ad­her­ing to the peo­ple-cen­tered de­vel­op­ment phi­los­o­phy and pro­tect­ing and pro­mot­ing hu­man rights through de­vel­op­ment,” the joint let­ter said.

The let­ter was sent to the pres­i­dent of the UN Hu­man Rights Coun­cil and the UN High Com­mis­sioner for Hu­man Rights and signed by am­bas­sadors to the UN at Geneva from Rus­sia, Pak­istan, Saudi

Raytheon that pro­vides Stinger mis­siles, Gen­eral Dy­nam­ics that pro­vides M1A2T tanks, and BAE and Oshkosh that pro­vide tanks equip­ment.

US Se­na­tor Bob Menen­dez, the top Demo­crat on the Se­nate For­eign Re­la­tions Com­mit­tee, told me­dia that it was a fool­ish action as the com­pa­nies that would pos­si­bly be sanc­tioned were not very much go­ing to be en­gaged in de­fense in­dus­try sales to China, ac­cord­ing to a short video VOA Chi­nese posted on its Twit­ter ac­count on Sun­day.

In re­sponse, Xu Guangyu, a se­nior con­sul­tant at the China Arms Con­trol and Dis­ar­ma­ment As­so­ci­a­tion, told the Global Times on Sun­day that these US arms com­pa­nies seem to not have an arms trade con­nec­tion with China, but this is just in terms of fi­nal prod­uct.

A fi­nal prod­uct is based on many com­po­nents built by a whole in­dus­trial chain in which China plays im­por­tant roles, Xu said, not­ing that China could freeze the in­dus­trial chains re­lated to these com­pa­nies, or stop pro­vid­ing cer­tain base ma­te­ri­als.

Rare earths, the in­dus­try which is largely con­trolled by China, are im­per­a­tive in mak­ing ad­vanced weapons and equip­ment. For in­stance, the M1A2 tank of Gen­eral Dy­nam­ics uses samar­ium-cobalt in its nav­i­ga­tion sys­tem, ac­cord­ing to a Uk-based Daily Tele­graph re­port in 2011.

The US Depart­ment of De­fense is as­sess­ing the US rare earths ca­pa­bil­ity to se­cure a sta­ble sup­ply amid the coun­try’s trade con­flict with China, Reuters re­ported on Satur­day.

In­dus­try in­sid­ers warned that these com­pa­nies’ non­mil­i­tary busi­nesses could also be af­fected. Gen­eral Dy­nam­ics is not only the man­u­fac­turer of the M1A2 tank, but also the par­ent com­pany of Gulf­stream, an air­craft com­pany whose pri­vate jets are re­port­edly fa­vored by Chi­nese bil­lion­aires.

Gulf­stream is the ear­li­est for­eign busi­ness jet-maker that en­tered the Chi­nese mar­ket decades ago and cer­tain types of its jets such as the Gulf­stream G650 are now popular among China’s wealth­i­est, a se­nior ex­ec­u­tive of a Bei­jing-based busi­ness avi­a­tion in­te­grated ser­vice provider told the Global Times. He asked not to be fully named.

A busi­ness jet is priced be­tween $20 mil­lion and $70 mil­lion, he said, which means that los­ing the Chi­nese mar­ket could strike a huge blow to the US com­pany.

In­dus­try in­sid­ers said that one of the puni­tive mea­sures could be or­der­ing Chi­nese banks and fi­nan­cial in­sti­tu­tions to re­ject loans to trans­ac­tions re­lated to Gulf­stream, as al­most all busi­ness jets are sold via a mort­gage fi­nanc­ing model.

Gulf­stream’s Chi­nese clients in­clude the founder of Alibaba Jack Ma Yun and Wanda Chair­man Wang Jian­lin, me­dia re­ported.

The web­site of Gen­eral Dy­nam­ics China branch became in­ac­ces­si­ble on Sun­day.

“US arms sales to Tai­wan con­sti­tute a se­ri­ous vi­o­la­tion of in­ter­na­tional law and the ba­sic norms gov­ern­ing in­ter­na­tional re­la­tions. This is a se­ri­ous vi­o­la­tion of the one-china prin­ci­ple and the three China-us Joint Com­mu­niqués,” Geng said on Fri­day.

He also ex­pressed China’s op­po­si­tion to Tai­wan re­gional leader Tsai Ing-wen’s tran­sit in the US, urg­ing the US side to can­cel arms sales im­me­di­ately and stop the of­fi­cial ex­change with Tai­wan.

Chi­nese main­land an­a­lysts stressed that the de­ci­sion to launch sanc­tions un­der­lined China’s firm op­po­si­tion to arms sales to Tai­wan.

Firm op­po­si­tion

The sim­plest mea­sure to pun­ish these com­pa­nies was to ban their busi­ness in China, Shi Yin­hong, direc­tor of Ren­min University of China’s Cen­ter for Amer­i­can Stud­ies in Bei­jing, told the Global Times on Sun­day.

Apart from sanc­tions, some Tai­wan me­dia is also in­ter­pret­ing an ex­er­cise by the Peo­ple’s Lib­er­a­tion Army near the south­east coast as the Chi­nese main­land’s ex­pres­sion of op­po­si­tion to arms sales.

The Chi­nese Min­istry of Na­tional De­fense said in a state­ment Sun­day that the ex­er­cise was part of their reg­u­lar ar­range­ment ac­cord­ing to the an­nual sched­ule.

By crit­i­ciz­ing China’s sanc­tions on US arms firms as fool­ish action, the US is ob­vi­ously ap­ply­ing a dou­ble stan­dard as the US has im­posed sanc­tions on China that are even more use­less and stupid, the an­a­lysts said.

In Septem­ber 2018, the US im­posed sanc­tions on China’s Equip­ment De­vel­op­ment Depart­ment, the mil­i­tary branch re­spon­si­ble for weapons and equip­ment, and its direc­tor, Li Shangfu, for buy­ing Su-35 fighter jets and S-400 sur­faceto-air mis­sile sys­tem from Rus­sia, claim­ing this was against a US sanc­tions law pun­ish­ing Rus­sian gov­ern­ment for med­dling in the 2016 US elec­tion, Reuters re­ported.

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