BIDEN TO UYGHURS: YOU’RE FIRED!
The ALLEGED UYGHURS forced labour controversy comes from one source only, Australian Strategic Policy Institute’s Report. Australia is currently engaged in a trade war with China. This is a troubling report.
Throughout the report, the ASPI uses disclaimer terms such as “could be” or “potentially” or “appear to be.” The ploy is strikingly transparent. This report is hearsay and does not meet the requirements of Evidence in any Western Court of Law, except perhaps France where innuendo and flagrant rumour are regarded as evidence.
Thus, there is NO HARD EVIDENCE of the ASPI allegations against China over UYGHURS FORCED LABOR, surveillance or detentions. Unfortunately, this Populist neck-hanger is repeated often with hysterical emphasis by Australia’s western allies and the dumbed-down media. But that is not evidence.
The Charter of the ASPI states that the ASPI is an independent, non-partisan think tank that produces expert and timely advice for Australia’s strategic and defence leaders. Read the report and see if it sounds remotely non-partisan. It qualifies as propaganda and nothing else.
From the Report: We added the Bold print in the excerpt below.
“In all, ASPI’s research has identified 82 foreign and Chinese companies potentially directly or indirectly benefiting from the use of Uyghur workers outside Xinjiang through abusive labour transfer programs as recently as 2019: Abercrombie & Fitch, Acer, Adidas, Alstom, Amazon, Apple, ASUS, BAIC Motor, Bestway, BMW, Bombardier, Bosch, BYD, Calvin Klein, Candy, Carter’s, Cerruti 1881, Changan Automobile, Cisco, CRRC, Dell, Electrolux, Fila, Founder Group, GAC Group (automobiles), Gap, Geely Auto, General Motors, Google, Goertek, H&M, Haier, Hart Schaffner Marx, Hisense, Hitachi, HP, HTC, Huawei, iFlyTek, Jack & Jones, Jaguar, Japan Display Inc., L.L.Bean, Lacoste, Land Rover, Lenovo, LG, Li-Ning, Mayor, Meizu, Mercedes-Benz, MG, Microsoft, Mitsubishi, Mitsumi, Nike, Nintendo, Nokia, Oculus, Oppo, Panasonic, Polo Ralph Lauren, Puma, SAIC Motor, Samsung, SGMW, Sharp, Siemens, Skechers, Sony, TDK, Tommy Hilfiger, Toshiba, Tsinghua Tongfang, Uniqlo, Victoria’s Secret, Vivo, Volkswagen, Xiaomi, Zara, Zegna, ZTE. Some brands are linked with multiple factories.”
Amazon’s response in part:
“Our investigation concluded that we did not directly source from three of the four entities linked to Amazon in the original version of the ASPI report. We clarified this to the Institute and it has amended its report. In addition, we have stopped sourcing from the fourth entity following the addition of that company to the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Entity List in July 2020.
Amazon recognizes that the United States government, through several trade-related actions, has recently identified a number of entities as possibly being engaged in the use of forced labor related to ethnic minorities from Xinjiang. Amazon is actively investigating its supply chain and has not identified direct sourcing links with any of those entities.”
Read the full Amazon response if you wish but from an evidence perspective, there is no evidence. But there is evidence and admission by the ASPI that their initial report was erroneous alleging Amazon using suppliers they had never used. The Admission was made when the report had to be amended.
Further, Amazon dropped the one ASPI “ALLEGED” supplier because the US Government put that supplier on its ENTITY LIST. Amazon’s investigation did not find any supporting evidence of the ASPI report. The USA has ZERO hard evidence for any of the names on its ENTITY LIST. This is a Joe McCarthy styled smear by innuendo.
ASPI wild and unsubstantiated claims:
Haoyuanpeng Clothing Manufacturing Co. Ltd was targeted by the ASPI in a case study. ASPI alleged that Adidas was facilitating HYP. A spokesperson from Adidas said the company does not have an active relationship with HYP and that they will further investigate the use of the Adidas signage. HYP had an Adidas sign outside their factory. That means nothing.
Adidas formal statement excerpt: Bold and coloured text we added for emphasis
“Based on our investigations to date we can confirm that we hold no direct contractual relationship with any of the named businesses.
We can confirm that Haoyuanpeng Clothing Manufacturing Co. Ltd is neither an active nor authorized entity in our supply chain. We have engaged directly with the factory’s management team and they have issued adidas with an apology, for having falsely displayed adidas logos on their website and building. These have now been removed.
We do not produce goods in Qingdao Jifa Huajin Garment Co. Ltd. It is not an approved or authorized supplier for adidas. We have reached out to the parent company, Jifa, to understand more.”
So there you have it. ASPI made a false assumption that seeing a “sign” meant Adidas had some kind of relationship to the ALLEGED Uyghurs forced labour. Imagine an unsubstantiated claim of this kind in a US Court.
The ASPI has repeated attacked Tim Cook of Apple.
But the most stunning thing about the attacks against Apple is that Tim Cook actually visited O-Film factory where the ASPI ALLEGED UYRGUR abuses occurred. ASPI has never been there.
Apple denied the charges but eventually had to comply with the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Entity List. The evidence-free zone. But that didn’t stop the xenophobic Trump or Biden administration from attacking US multinationals with innuendo and hearsay from the ASPI.
As for the Biden boycotts and blacklisting of Polysilicon and cotton in Xinjiang, Who does that hurt?
It hurts employment for Uyghur. Don’t hire Uyghurs, problem solved.
Trump Biden to Uhygurs, “You’re Fired!”
Isn’t it fascinating that the two countries with the most abuses of minorities are the USA and Australia? Australia still treats the Aborigines with vile contempt. Australia is a small insignificant country spearheading the Uyghur human rights campaign on behalf of the USA. The ASPI allegations, refuted by all the companies mentioned, gets play by the Biden Government as if it is factual. Read the report.
THE ASPI used a satellite photo of a factory and claim that since it has a chain-link fence and gates that it “might be” an internment camp.
Uyghurs fired by Australian and Biden do-gooders. The same magic Australia used with Aborigines and the US used with Blacks to create systemic and long-lasting economic hardship. Drive through any American town and I guarantee you will know when you reach the Black section of that town. It is an economic internment camp. They don’t need chain-linked fences. Poverty asserts its own fences.
USA at its best. Japanese Americans gathered up and put in US Internment Camps in California. Just as with Hitler, the Courts Approved everything Hitler did. The US Courts approved of this mass arrest and multi-year incarceration of Japanese American Citizens. Looks like a POW Camp.
Korematsu v. United States, 323 U.S. 214 (1944)
China should treat the Uhgurs like the US Treats Native American Indians.
Call Xinjiang a RESERVATION. Give Uyghurs some licenses for Casinos and Gambling Concessions, tobacco rights and bars, and walk away. Then express thanks to Joe Biden for helping China to see the light through the US solution applied to Native Americans.
The more pious the US gets, the more hypocritical Biden looks
It is worth mention that Australian Cotton sales to China are collapsing as the China cotton industry has grown. Xinjiang is the largest Cotton growing region in China. Australian exports of cotton only account for 4% of China Cotton imports. India and China are by far the largest producers of cotton in the world.