EFSAS comments on selectiveness to the plight of Rohingyas and Uyghurs
Another reason for China’s outright support for the suppression and ethnic cleansing of the Rohingyas by the Myanmar government is that the country itself deploys a similar practice in its handling of the Uyghur Muslims. As Rebiya Kadeer, Uyghur political activist and former President of the World Uyghur Congress argues, “China uses the Rohingya as an example to influence those within and outside of its borders by showing that China isn’t the only iron fisted state. By ensuring the oppression of people outside of its borders China cements it authority to oppress within its borders”. By promoting the “security efforts” of the Myanmar military, Beijing succeeds in justifying its own actions and diverting international attention from its own ethnic cleansing campaign.