Friday, September 18, 2020

One massive omission

The NYT on China's current difficulty to cultivate ties to Europe:

Mr. Xi faced — and brushed aside — unusually harsh criticism on a variety of issues that reflected growing popular animosity toward China. The Europeans accused China of slow-walking promises to combat climate change. They criticized the new crackdown in Hong Kong and the longstanding one in Tibet. The Europeans also raised the imprisonment of a Swedish bookseller, the arrests of two Canadians in transparent retaliation for a criminal extradition case,and China’s unilateral moves in the disputed waters of the South China Sea.

A variety of issues! What about a million people forced into concentration camps because of their ethnicity? It is possibly the worst organized violation of human rights on the planet right now and it can't compete with "disputed waters"?

I'm not sure if the omission in the article is the NYT's fault or the fault of the European governments. The weird thing is the article does allude to the systemic abuse of Uighurs, Kazakhs, and other minorities in Xinjiang provence later with this sentence: "Mr. Wang responded defiantly, echoing China’s position that Hong Kong is an internal matter, not subject to discussion, like the crackdown on Muslims in the far western province of Xinjiang."