China pushes back against critics of its policies in Xinjiang

china pushes back against critics of its policies in • China pushes back against critics of its policies in Xinjiang
china pushes back against critics of its policies in • China pushes back against critics of its policies in Xinjiang

NOT LONG before the Beijing Olympics of 2008, the Chinese government carried out a vicious crackdown on demonstrations in Tibet. Foreign media drew attention to it, and people outside China held protests. A Chinese academic popularised the idea of “three afflictions”: two that China had faced in the past (“being beaten” by foreign powers and “being starved” by poverty) and a third that it faces now: “being scolded” by the rest of the world. Later President Xi Jinping adopted the concept, arguing that China faces a “fight for international discourse”.

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