GOOD MORNING FROM LONDON #174
Colin Mackerras is Professor Emeritus at Griffith University, Queensland. He is a specialist on Chinese history and minority nationalities including Western Perspectives on the People’s Republic of China, Politics, Economy and Society, World Scientific Publishing, Singapore, 2015.
In a recent article in Pearls and Irritations, he states “And to call it ‘genocide’ is completely ridiculous. Genocide requires “an intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, racial or religious group.” Mackerras goes on to say “there is no such intent in any Chinese policy document and the higher rate of growth in the Uighur population, as compared to the overall Xinjiang population, suggests that what is happening is anything but genocide”
But genocide is an attempt to demonise China and cut away at the progress it is making in rebuilding China and offering to third world countries an alternative model for long term economic, social and governmental development.
The US is very worried by China’s advance and will do all it can to undermine its progress. Misrepresenting Chinese policy is a reflection of how successful China has become.