lready since the last three years, investments in Cineworld, TV and documentaries follow Chinese interests along within print media. Launched in 2017,
Huashang, the first-ever Chinese language newspaper in Pakistan, now boasts a readership of over three lacs a week. It implies how much Mandarin has permeated in learning and daily lives of Pakistanis.
The Han on the Roll
China’s crackdown on mostly-Muslim minorities in the far western
province of Xinjiang, which includes the Turkic-speaking Uyghurs, Kazakhs, and Kyrgyz, has swept up as many as 1 million people.
Grim re-education camps with barbed wire fences and guard towers. There, they learn party slogans and songs and study the Chinese language. Government officials say the camps are necessary to crack down on 20 years of “violent
terrorism” in the region. But human rights groups say the operation is an attempt to erase Uyghur culture and traditions; some call it “cultural genocide.”
“Many Uighur-majority regions have been ordered to detain a certain percentage of the adult population even if no fault was found. Detentions frequently occur for no discernible reasons”.
Though Chinese government officials might try to paint these “re-education camps” as enriching experiences, a report published in October
by the French news service Agency France-Presse undermined that narrative. The report described camps where thousands of guards carrying spiked clubs, tear gas and stun guns veil the detainees, who are held in buildings surrounded by razor wire and infrared
Down in Pakistan, while Balochistan, in last five years, has bore the brunt of Pakistan-China military emulation of Uyghur repression
called “Strike Hard, Maximum Pressure” in 1990s (wherein in a single incident Chinese military and paramilitary forces unleashed a storm of unprecedented brutality over the course of three days that resulted in the deaths of seven Chinese forces
who killed approximately 3,000 Uyghurs). Pakistan is now being systematically subjected to Han-ise the population, very similar to the Uyghur formula since 2010. While Pakistan’s industries manufacturing tire, ceramic and domestic consumption goods have
been decommissioned by Chinese cheap goods, a hapless poverty-driven population is already queuing up to sell assets to Chinese shadow buyers.