Here’s our translation of an article we found on Global Times 《环球时报》dated July 11 entitled “Turkey in open support of Xinjiang independence terrorist elements, and stoking the flames of anger among Chinese netizens”. It gives you a good idea of the standard fare in Chinese papers today on the recent Xinjiang developments:
Since the violent riots and arson incidents broke out in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region on July 5, the governments of many nations have been cautious in making statements but the Turkish government’s response has been somewhat more intense, coming out in bold audacious support of the Xinjiang independence movement, and stoking the fiery anger of Chinese netizens.
According to a report on July 9 on the website of Today’s Zaman, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan told foreign ministers of the Gulf region, “We are the brothers of Xinjiang’s Uyghur people.” He told a BBC journalist, “We are closely watching the developments with great sorrow and anxiety”, and to a reporter from AFP, “We hope [Beijing] will soon make all the necessary measures in line with human rights standards.” The Turkish Foreign Minister promised that he “would not be silent on developments within Xinjiang.” Subsequently, Erdogan “promised” to issue a visa for Xinjiang independence paramount leader Rebiya Kadeer. Meanwhile, some in Turkey have been calling for a boycott of Chinese products.
Sino-Turkish relations have been developing smoothly in recent years. In November 2003, when a spate of terrorist bombings took place in Turkey, the Chinese people stood resolutely on the side of the Turkish people, and not a single Chinese publication made jokes out of Turkey’s situation. Hence, Turkey’s latest performance has stoked the intense hatred of Chinese netizens.
In a survey undertaken by Huanqiu.com on July 10, 6,355 netizens (representing 96.4% of survey respondents) were of the opinion that Turkey was clearly meddling in China’s internal affairs. Meanwhile, another 96.4% (totalling 6,396 votes) feel intense anger with respect to the behaviour of the Turkish government.
In a separate survey, 96.1% of respondents (totally 2,865 votes) believe that the Turkish PM’s decision to issue Rebiya Kadeer a visa is an open support of terrorism.
Said one netizen on Huanqiu.com, “What right does the Turkish government have to comment on Chinese affairs? If I don’t remember wrongly, your country also suffered many terrorist attacks leading to the deaths of many civilians? Did China say anything then? Did China support the terrorist elements within your country?”
Another Huanqiu.com member said that Turkey also suffered from frequent terrorist attacks because of Kurdish separatist forces, but this time they had flagrant disregard for the truth in their support of the Xinjiang independence movement which seeks to split up China. If someday violence too breaks out in Turkey because of splittist elements, China should also not stand on the side of the Turkish! “China has never done anything to let Turkey down and has always supported the unity of the Turkish nation. For Turkey to return good for evil this time, it’s just despicable!”
Yet another Huanqiu.com netizen observed that Turkey had always been applying to join the European Union but had always been rejected because it was a Muslim nation. Turkey’s display of an anti-Chinese position is to please the Western nations, and to get into the good books of the EU and the US so as to up the chances of joining the EU.
Researcher Fang Ning from the political institute of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences said in an interview that the Turkish Prime Minister and foreign minister did not make factual comments on the 7/5 incident. In today’s world, he said, there are universal standards when it comes to managing international issues and one should not use a double standard when it comes to China’s problems. Just as we cannot say the 9/11 incident was a clash between ethnic groups, the 7/5 incident also had nothing to do with a clash between ethnic groups. Fang Ning further said that in the face of the clear facts and China’s open, transparent position, some Western media are still blatantly trying to distort the facts. This is a rejection by some Western media and others in the West in the face of a Chinese renaissance. In the face of such prejudice, our best method is to work harder at developing ourselves. When China overcomes all these adversities, when China’s strength becomes an indisputable fact, these prejudices can then be corrected.
The original Chinese text follows after the jump, and for those of you who have your VPN set up and are able to view Youtube videos, there’s also a video of recent protests in Turkey and Germany. Note the striking similarity between the Turkish flag and the flag of the Xinjiang / East Turkestan independence movement.
Recent photo of Baitulla mosque in Tianshan district in Urumqi, Xinjiang by Remko Tanis