Smuggled Footage of Chinese Police Providing an Honor Guard for alleged Recent Graduates of Xinjiang's Vocational Training Centres. The graduates are shackled and blindfolded, and have shaved their heads, no doubt as part of a trust exercise to demonstrate their loyalty to the Chinese state. source The Guardian (Video).

Accused Solar Energy Slavery Company Claims Happy Workers Hardly Ever Leave

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

An investigative report by the Chinese Communist backed Global Times say they have confirmed there is no Uyghur slavery in Xinjiang. Company executives claim workers are so happy with conditions, including graduates of Xinjiang’s barbed wire fence and guard tower protected vocational training centres, the company only has a 3% turnover of staff.

GT investigates: automation in Xinjiang PV factories, cotton farms debunks ‘forced labor’ claim

By Zhang Dan, Zhao Juecheng and Li Jieyi in Xinjiang,
Published: 2021/04/29 01:00:00

At the factory gate of Xinjiang Daqo, a raw materials producer for global solar panels in Northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, a security guard dressed in a camouflage coat greets visitors. Walking into the facility, tall rectifying columns, continuous pipelines and numerous robot arms are ubiquitous, while workers in blue uniforms working with their hands are not common. 

To any visitor, the first impression would be that this is a highly automated, efficient modern factory on par with world class facilities in Chinese manufacturing hubs and those in the US and Europe. 

However, blinded by politics and bias, some Western politicians, business competitors and journalists, despite never set foot inside the factory, claimed that Daqo is one of the companies in Xinjiang that use “forced labor” to produce products that should be banned. 

In their lies, the security guard dressed in camouflage coat is military personnel who keeps watch on the “forced workers”, who dress in uniforms, which have been taken as proof of “forced labor” – never mind that uniforms are common in factories not just in China but across the world, and that camouflage coats are not just a common dress for ordinary people but have also become popular among some youngsters around the world.

Outraged and furious with these groundless accusations, a manage at Xinjiang Daqo asked rhetorically: “If they must impose the phrase [‘forced labor’] on us, does it mean we are forcing these machines to work?” 

Yu Zhenghai, a Hui minority, is a deputy head working in the company’s machine maintenance department. “I have no idea how they could come up with the label ‘forced labor,’ which is very ridiculous in my opinion,” Yu said.

The employee turnover rate is less than 3 percent each year, and any worker is free to leave if they want, Global Times reporters learned from the company. Every worker whom the reporters spoke with conformed the policy. 

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There was a subtitle which was deleted, but which was preserved in the HTML web code, which reads “City bounces back one year after restart, clears its name after the West’s slander“.

The Chinese Communist Party backed investigative reporters also spoke to workers on an alleged forced labor cotton farm, confirming the cotton workers also say they are happy with their jobs.

The article ends with a suggestion that accusations of forced labour and slavery are an unprovoked US economic attack on Chinese industry, a “master key for the US to hit any industry of Xinjiang”, though they do not provide an explanation for why the USA would particularly want to target industries in Xinjiang.

Update (EW): Another image of Uyghur students receiving education in a Chinese Xinjiang vocational education facility. Notice the blue uniforms, similar to those worn by Uyghurs in the image at the top of the page.

Detainees listening to speeches in a re-education camp in Lop County, Xinjiang, April 2017. By From an article titled “用情感敲开心灵大门 用说理舒缓群众情绪”, published by the wechat MP platform account “Xinjiang Juridical Administration”, via baidu baijiahao platform archive image creator: 牙生, Fair use, Link
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May 1, 2021 6:11 pm

Oh yes! The armed guards are for the clients, no, students, no, trainees own protection! The same with the barbed wire and guard towers! The shaved heads are a mere fashion statement! And they all love Xi.
Trust us! We are the CCP!

Reply to  Tom Halla
May 1, 2021 6:20 pm

I suppose that any married men are happy to know that their wives are being tended to.

Ric Haldane
Reply to  Tom Halla
May 2, 2021 5:04 am

Tom, There are two men that lived in China and know it better than any American. They were both forced out after more than 10 years. They both love China and the Chinese people, the government, not so much. They never criticized the CCP. You can find them on Youtube as ADV China. They also each have their own channel on Youtube. They will open your eyes.

Reply to  Ric Haldane
May 2, 2021 6:33 am

“open your eyes” That is exactly what the defenders of slavery keep saying as they yet again deny slavery exists.

Reply to  Tom Halla
May 2, 2021 8:57 am

We have a military junta in DC, progressive hunts and judgments, still one dead unarmed woman… demos-cracy is aborted in privacy and smothered in darkness with ulterior motives. The democratic/dictatorial duality.

May 1, 2021 6:12 pm

The pictures of assembled workers shows some old men. What’s the death rate in the worker’s paradise camp?

Reply to  ResourceGuy
May 1, 2021 8:08 pm

The employee turnover rate is less than 3% each year, and any worker is free to leave if they want. So to answer your question, I would say about 3%.

May 1, 2021 6:14 pm

The “graduates” can also find work as COVID19 investigators on the hunt for that imported frozen seafood that brought in the virus. /sarc

May 1, 2021 6:17 pm

They even have a retirement plan, a cemetery not far away from their happy place.

Reply to  Dennis
May 1, 2021 7:14 pm

Yes, and people are just dyin’ to get in there!

Jeff Alberts
Reply to  noaaprogrammer
May 1, 2021 8:04 pm

Nobody’s dyin’ to get out, that’s for sure.

Reply to  Jeff Alberts
May 1, 2021 9:49 pm

Actually, yes they are, if they try to get out of there.

Jeff Alberts
Reply to  H.R.
May 2, 2021 12:16 am

I was referring to the cemetery.

Abolition Man
May 1, 2021 6:25 pm

Where to begin?
The workers were happy to stay and work long hours as this lowered the chances of them being shot or assigned to the organ donation cadre! They were probably hoping to prevent their mothers, wives and daughters from being gang-raped by Chinese soldiers, but that horse has pretty much left the barn!
It’s good to see that the ChiComs are nothing if not consistent! Where ever they gain power and influence torture, rape and murder become commonplace; from the mountains of Tibet, to the deserts of the US/Mexico border! One of the areas that Trump was trying to get them to change was the manufacture of fentanyl, which is then brought into the US by drug mules drafted from the thousands trying to escape to racism and prejudice in America! Under the Bai Den Regime we can expect to see a great increase in drug overdoses to go along with the latest ChiCom virus variants being spread into our hinterlands!
The CCP is THE biggest, transnational criminal gang in world history, and our current rulers seem to be in bed with them, literally!

Jeff Alberts
Reply to  Abolition Man
May 1, 2021 8:04 pm

“Can we have your liver?”

Alan the Brit
Reply to  Jeff Alberts
May 1, 2021 11:25 pm

I can sell you a very nice Chianti to wash it down with, ffffffssssss!!!! 😉

G Milton
May 1, 2021 6:28 pm

They leave feet first, after their organs have been forcibly harvested.

Reply to  G Milton
May 2, 2021 8:27 am

Great Leap, one-child, selective-child, too, and Planned Prisoner… a progressive path and grade. Too be fair, we have Planned Parent/hood, including selective-child, cannibalized-child, and selective-granny, too. One step forward, two steps backward.

May 1, 2021 6:35 pm

……in one piece.

May 1, 2021 6:36 pm

I must say I have no problem deciding who to believe on this issue. I believe nobody. They’re all lying to advance an agenda.

I’m absolutely certain the Chinese government can show us the wonderful conditions under which the happy and grateful Uyghurs live and work.

I’m also certain that, if it becomes politically expedient, the West’s concern for the Uyghurs will evaporate over night.

No, I did not forget to take my grumpy pill this morning. Thanks for asking.

Abolition Man
Reply to  commieBob
May 1, 2021 7:04 pm

The Western multi-national corporations and political leaders seem to be marching to the beat of the ChiCom drums of late! Bar Trump, most American leaders seem to be oblivious to the danger to humanity posed by the CCP; but I expect they’re well compensated!

Reply to  Abolition Man
May 1, 2021 7:50 pm

President Trump showed us that a bunch of stuff that wasn’t supposed to work actually worked well. That’s given some of the congress critters the ammo they need to push for policies they couldn’t previously have advocated. In this case that includes standing up to China.

Jeff Alberts
Reply to  commieBob
May 1, 2021 8:05 pm

My question is, what brought the Uyghurs there in the first place?

Climate believer
Reply to  commieBob
May 1, 2021 11:57 pm

Who cares what the naval gazing West thinks, where the hell are the Muslim countries?
You know those oh so fragile that a cartoon can have them reaching for their AK’s.

The Muslim Brotherhood seems not to have noticed, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Egypt, Algeria and Pakistan have actually congratulated the CCP on their human rights achievements.

All these people know the West has never been weaker than it is right now, and they have already decided which side their bread will be buttered.

Trump was the only one who stood up to them, and earned respect for that, bend over Biden is an absolute gift to the CCP, this not going to end well for the West.

I don’t know about grumpy pills, we need to start handing out “wake-up pills”…

Abolition Man
Reply to  Climate believer
May 2, 2021 6:56 am

I agree with what Eric said and would add that the Muslim world knows that liberal, Western elites are very sensitive to accusations of oppression. This is probably a bit of projection on their part, as they are mostly only wannabe oppressors, but it makes them more easily co-opted to rail against the unfairness of the luxury they surround themselves with!
Members of the varying sects of the High Church of Progressivism; like feminists and the Communist DemoKKKrats, are apt to accept pious platitudes coming from non-believers; especially when they are accompanied by large amounts of indulgences! Even when those non-believers are potential or actual enemies like the Chinese Communist Party or the theocratic states of the Middle East, our idealistic brethren are happy to accept gifts; maybe it tickles their feelings of great moral superiority!
If any of this is unclear, just look up the words “bribery” or “prostitute” in a good dictionary!

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Climate believer
May 2, 2021 6:58 am

“Who cares what the naval gazing West thinks, where the hell are the Muslim countries?”

That’s my question, too. The Muslims talk a good game until it comes to the Chicoms.

Shouldn’t the Muslims be declaring Holy War on the Chicoms?

Reply to  Climate believer
May 2, 2021 8:45 am

Following societal reforms, sharing transnational terror intelligence, Gaddafi was no longer viable to comment.

That said, labor arbitrage, environmental arbitrage, too, whack a wind turbine, clear the Green blight.
Free Tibet, an occupation without cause.

[Some, select] Baby Lives Matter.

Abolition Man
Reply to  n.n
May 2, 2021 9:52 am

Aren’t you referring to the Marxist led organization; Buy Large Mansions?
What kind of idiot does it take to believe, after the last one hundred years, that any Marxist is out for the common man?

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Abolition Man
May 3, 2021 5:38 am

“Aren’t you referring to the Marxist led organization; Buy Large Mansions?”

I love it!

Some black lives appear to matter more than others to the Maxist BLM leadership.

That makes perfect sense, considering who we are talking about. Marxist leaders are notorious for spending all the money on themselves and their cronies. Nothing new to see here.

Tom in Toronto
May 1, 2021 7:06 pm

The company has an impressively low 3% suicide rate turnover of staff.

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May 1, 2021 7:53 pm

We will never know the truth behind the picture.

May 1, 2021 8:03 pm

Brazen. Brazen, indeed. I don’t think that even Völkischer Beobachter or Der Stürmer would have run a story about the “workers” praising the free showers.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  writing observer
May 2, 2021 7:01 am

Propaganda 101. Keep repeatig a lie as long as it takes to convince the people it is the truth. it doesn’t matter that some people know it’s a lie. Others will be fooled, so they continue pushing the lie, aimed at those people.

K. McNeill
May 1, 2021 8:40 pm

Me thinks they do protest too much

Alan the Brit
May 1, 2021 10:40 pm

“Detainees listening to speeches in a re-education camp”!

Oh how quaint, a genuine Orwellian ” re-education” facility! What, I wonder, are these happy little workers being “re-educated” from? I do hope the Greenalists are paying attention, they have to get a plan in place to “re-educate” we “practicalists” who think for ourselves & ask awkward inappropriate difficult “unauthorised” questions!!! I also wonder, are the Greenalists preparing for the publication of a “Little Green Book”, for every man, woman, & child, to keep them faithful to the cause!!!! Sarc!

Abolition Man
Reply to  Alan the Brit
May 2, 2021 7:04 am

Mayhaps it will be a DVD of our dear St. Greta and other Climastrological theocrats wingeing about our continued celebrations of the reprieve from advancing glaciers. If we were really obedient, little peons; we would be praying and ritualizing for the return of the Ice Age!

Reply to  Alan the Brit
May 2, 2021 8:35 am

We have reeducation camps, too, captive audiences. Check your people of white… privilege. Jews before that.

Alan the Brit
Reply to  n.n
May 3, 2021 12:40 am

Clearly you live in the past, like most backward thinking, left-leaning, bigots!

May 2, 2021 12:38 am

The employee turnover rate is less than 3 percent each year, and any worker is free to leave if they want, Global Times reporters learned from the company. Every worker whom the reporters spoke with conformed the policy.”

Using government supplied translators for both questions and answers, of course.

“Conformed” is likely the correct answer in a society where the local communist officials decides:

  • who is a “Hero of the state”;
  • who is a “loyal CCP worker of the sate”;
  • who is an “accepted worker for the state and under observation”;
  • and who is an “untrustworthy parasite of the state”.

It is only a generation since China actively practiced removal of “inconvenient” persons who discredited China. Though many citizens of Hong Kong are getting treated as “untrustworthy parasites of the state”, relocated and re-educated.

Before China stole, er, installed all their automated facilities and incorporated limited capitalism, China actively practiced sending all workers to aid the farms during planting, harvest and emergencies.

Employees deemed disloyal, lazy or untrustworthy got to stay at the farms never returning to cushier life in the cities.
Sort of like the treatment Uyghur citizens allegedly enjoy.

Ed Zuiderwijk
May 2, 2021 1:07 am

Also notice the barbed wire on top of the fence.

The more one learns about China the more obvious it becomes that half a century of Maoism has robbed a once honourable and civilised people of their moral compass and sense of shame. Societies of the past that went through a similar cataclysm just collapsed onder their own weight after a few decades.

I do hope the Taiwanese, the real Chinese, will sit it out.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Ed Zuiderwijk
May 2, 2021 7:08 am

“The more one learns about China the more obvious it becomes that half a century of Maoism has robbed a once honourable and civilised people of their moral compass and sense of shame.”

I think the average Chinese person has about as much control over what his government does, as I do, which is “not much”. I don’t think we can hold the Chinese people morally accountable for what their dictatorial leaders are doing.

The Chinese people are stuck with their leaders, with no way to change it, other than with a violent overthrow of a government that is focused on not being overthrown.

The United States is stuck with its corrupt, criminal leadership at the present, too, but in our case, we still have a chance to remove these forces of destruction from our leadership without resorting to violence. The Chinese people don’t have this opportunity.

Rich Davis
Reply to  Tom Abbott
May 2, 2021 10:22 am

This is an excellent comment, Tom. Sadly I can only provide one up vote.

As someone who spent a lot of time in China, I have a great deal of affection for the Chinese people and pity on them that what for a time looked like a promise of democracy, now appears bleak.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Rich Davis
May 3, 2021 5:47 am

Things change. Maybe the Chinese people will have some good, freedom-focused changes in their future.

Abolition Man
Reply to  Ed Zuiderwijk
May 2, 2021 7:15 am

We should never confuse the Chinese people with the Chinese Communist Party! The people are intelligent, creative and hard working like other peoples of the world; but they are being horribly oppressed by the CCP! If you total up the deaths caused by this giant, criminal gang; and add the forced abortions; nearly HALF A BILLION Chinese have been killed for their own good!
The CCP sees the Chinese people in much the same way that the Communist DemoKKKrats view the American people. If you are not readily compliant and obedient to goverment edicts, you are very likely patriotic and a potential domestic terrorist to be investigated!

Trying to Play Nice
Reply to  Ed Zuiderwijk
May 2, 2021 9:55 am

The Chinese have a potentially serious demographic problem about to hit them. They will be needed more workers to support their aging population. And their military will take away from their productive work force.

Rich Davis
Reply to  Trying to Play Nice
May 2, 2021 11:02 am

Aging populations are not necessarily an intractable issue if you consider Japan as an example. What has concerned me for a long time is the imbalance between male and female population in China.

The one-child policy coupled with Chinese cultural preferences led to significant imbalances in the male:female ratio. Excess males born in the late 80s are reaching their shelf life as soldiers and those from the 90s and early 00s are ready to deploy. I always worried that CCP policy allowing selective abortion was a feature not a bug—designed to produce soldiers for these times.

It doesn’t need to have been planned for them to recognize that the unintended consequences have handed them a cohort of soldiers. Use them or lose them, is the current dilemma. Not a good time to buy real estate in Taipei I think.

another ian
May 2, 2021 4:15 am

Sign over the entrance to an Albanian forced labour camp

“This is Burrel where people enter but never leave”

Eric Newby “On the shores of the Mediterranean” chapter “Albania stern and wild”

Rod Evans
May 2, 2021 5:38 am

Hey, c’mon get real! So long as they are making those essential solar panels that will save the World, who cares what happens to a few thousands/ millions of slaves.
Coming to your local area soon, the ends justifies the means, and the Green agenda is about as mean as it gets…..

May 2, 2021 6:00 am

The most horrifying story I’ve read is in the Sunday Times:

When you realize cheap Chinese solar panels are being made in these camps it’s disgusting.
Shellenberger has an excellent article in Forbes – Why Won’t Environmentalists Speak Out Against Forced Labor For China-Made Solar Panels?

That shows how Chinese money has corrupted the leading so called environmental organizations that influence the Biden admin.

Bruce Cobb
May 2, 2021 6:07 am

Does the sign at the entrance say “Work makes you free”?

May 2, 2021 6:20 am

It’s kind of like watching “Shrek” all over again. Lord Farquaad sits in his chosen throne spot in Duloc, and the mechanical dolls greet you at the Informaiton Booth, like they greeted Shrek and Donkey, with the song “Duloc is A Perfect Place!”.

They’re fed. They’re housed. They’re clothed. They get…. umm, some kind of medical treatment…. or something. How much better could things get? Workers’ paradise!!!

It’s kind of like looking at old news clips of people trying to tunnel or climb their way out of East Berlin. No one ever tunneled or climbed their way into that place….

(Do I have to put the sarc tag in there?)

May 2, 2021 6:43 am

Once again, irrefutable proof that walls work, especially when topped with concertina and men with automatic rifles every 25 meters. All hail the Workers’ Paradise.

Coach Springer
May 2, 2021 6:45 am

Western democracy used to run on trust in a free and open society. Trust must and will be replaced by coercion as our free and open society commits suicide in exchange for the illusion of safety.

May 2, 2021 8:48 am

Diversity [dogma], not limited to racism, sexism, and redistributive change. too. Retributive change?

May 2, 2021 9:55 am

The problem is china, not solar energy…

If china didn’t build solar panels, the poor enslaved masses and minorities would be building iPhones (are in fact doing just that) or even bits for coal power plants.

Reply to  griff
May 2, 2021 11:33 am

Solar is intertwined with China given the massive investment in silicon panel components and 40 to 50 percent sourcing from forced labor. China is attempting to dominate this sector with the help of forced labor and govt subsidy on investment finance and their domestic installs. That goes beyond domestic energy goals. The producers themselves make up 9 of the top 10 super league solar companies. The massive Chinese volume (from investment subsidy) and automated plants assembling the forced labor components means it is unlikely that any small entity outside China can compete without local content high walls. The only viable competitor to China’s super league is one thin film producer that has to deal with low margin Chinese dumping product and adding massive new component capacity each year. In other words it’s hard for the best tech to compete with slave labor.

Kevin R.
May 2, 2021 11:37 am

Not a single one of them has the right to govern their own lives.

Jolly green watchman
May 2, 2021 3:51 pm

“Cloud Atlas” in our life time?

Paul Penrose
May 3, 2021 10:35 am

Sure, just like the Nazis were running clothing optional resorts for their Jewish “guests”. Sickening.

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