Downsizing The Dragon
The Uyghurs, a Turkic-speaking Muslim minority ethnic group recognised as native to the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in Northwest China, have advised Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to stand tall against Beijing’s aggression!
Many a time, India played the Tibet card to put China under diplomatic pressure in the past. However, New Delhi has never raised the Uyghurs issue to corner the Asian giant. For the last few years, the Global Community has been strongly criticising the Chinese Government for torturing the Uyghurs.
Dolkun Isa, the President of the World Uyghur Congress, is in exile in Munich. Talking to the German media, he recently said that India should abandon the policy of appeasement, adding that one should condemn China’s Human Rights violations openly. Isa was a University student in the 1980’s, when the Communist Party of China adopted the policy of repression against the Uyghurs. Since then, he has been fighting against the State Power. Even after taking shelter in Germany in 1994, Isa tried his best to expose the real character of the Chinese Government.
Commenting on the ongoing border tension between China and India, Isa said that it was the latest example of China’s aggressive policy towards its neighbours. According to the World Uyghur Congress President, the people of Hong Kong and Taiwan, too, are not happy with China’s aggressive behaviour. Even, China’s relation with Australia is seemingly deteriorating.
India offered visa to Isa in 2016 so that he could visit the South Asian country. However, China did not allow him to visit India. Recalling the incident, he said that India should stop appeasing China, and take necessary steps to help the Uyghurs enjoy their basic rights. He once again urged India not to maintain silence. Meanwhile, Isa has claimed that the Galwan incident has a close relation with what is going on in Xinjiang Province. He explained that China would never allow India to build a road near the border, as the concerned Chinese authorities believe that New Delhi could monitor the situation in Xinjiang from that region.
At the same time, Isa admitted that the Chinese Government triggered a fresh tension near the Sino-Indian border in an attempt to divert the attention of the common people from Beijing’s failure in tackling the COVID-19 pandemic. The Uyghur leader is of the opinion that China is actually in trouble, and the Global Community should take this opportunity to put Beijing under more diplomatic pressure. Such a move will certainly tarnish China’s image at the world stage!
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