The Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) published its dramatic allegations of Uyghur Muslim forced labour in a much-lauded 1 March 2020 report, Uyghurs for Sale.
The report alleged “a new phase in China’s social re-engineering campaign targeting minority citizens”, claiming it had exposed “new evidence” that a number of factories were “using forced Uyghur labour under a state-sponsored labour transfer scheme that is tainting the global supply chain”. A 26 March 2020 Grayzone report nailed the agenda behind ASPI’s claims in its headline that charged forced labour allegations about Chinese Uyghurs are “brought to you by US, NATO, arms industry to drive Cold War PR blitz”.
The hyperbolic response from promoters of the Anglo-American establishment to a recent Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) exposé on the spiritual movement called Falun Gong is more than intriguing. It hints at the group’s long history of support from the US government, intelligence-linked organisations, and powerful representatives of the regime change apparatus that is now gathering for war against China.
The ABC’s 21 July 2020 exposé, “The power of Falun Gong”, documented the stark contradiction between Falun Gong’s professed Buddhist-based belief system of “spiritual growth through disciplined practice”, and the accounts of former practitioners, who alleged dangerous and divisive teachings.
The exposé revealed Falun Gong’s religious cosmology revolves around their god-like leader, Master Li Hongzhi, and Li’s belief in an inter-dimensional cosmic battle between forces of good and evil, personified on earth by Falun Gong’s battle with the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). In a 10 May 1999 interview with Time, Li claimed actual aliens were “corrupting mankind” through modern science, with the ultimate aim of cloning and replacing humans; Li enigmatically implied he himself was beyond human.
Australian “ethics” professor Clive Hamilton popularised anti-China paranoia through his two books, Silent Invasion and Hidden Hand. To support many of the claims in these books he resorts to manipulated quotes and misrepresented statistics, which can only be described as intentionally deceitful.
In Silent Invasion (2018), Hamilton makes the sweeping declaration that “Chinese historically have seen themselves as superior to other Asian people”. This is offered entirely without evidence. Ironically, despite condemning China’s authoritarian government, Hamilton argues against free speech in Australia if it’s in support of the Chinese government! He says universities should liberate Chinese students “from their ideological ghettos” by having them “attend courses on human rights and democracy”, where they can “find their own voices”—presumably in anti-China speech.
In a 7 August 2020 opinion in Pearls and Irritations, Professor Jocelyn Chey, a former senior diplomat specialising in Australia-China relations, declared Hamilton’s second anti-China book, Hidden Hand (2020), a “diatribe”. “We do not need this hysteria”, she said, referring to Hamilton’s “emotive language” and “rather basic lack of understanding of China’s political structures”. Chey believes Hidden Hand “should not be taken seriously because it is biased, and therefore bad scholarship.”