Tuesday, July 14, 2009

PRC vs World Uyghur Congress Media Blitz

Some American news organizations have been saying that China's handling of the media during the protests this time is more like the US's tactics. They kind of imply that this is a good thing but also a bad thing since it's more manipulative. It's a little bit of a paradox.

The Uyghurs don't trust what the Chinese say, and I can understand that. I mean, they sound so cheesy towing the party line. Although honestly, I still believe their main accounts of what happened and the casualty numbers the Chinese government has released. And I don't believe anything the World Uyghur Congress says even if I'd be willing to believe individual Uyghurs.

The World Uyghur Congress has been busy with their propaganda as well, though. They used photos of completely unrelated incidents as evidence of Chinese brutality. Even if they convince Turkey and perhaps other foreign countries, the Han Chinese now consider them complete liars, and I think this is really bad for Han-Uyghur relations. It's also bad because if all Uyghurs really believe things they say, then a lot of their grievances are not even real.

This is a good blog, though, about Xinjiang in general by American expatriots.

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