In a tweet, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying wrote: “All lives matter. We stand firmly with our African friends. We strongly oppose all forms of racial discrimination and inflammatory expressions of racism and hatred.”
Apparently they missed the memo that many liberals consider this phrase racist because they feel it undermines the Black Lives Matter movement by moving the focus away from the concerns of black Americans.
But that’s beside the point. We know they don’t believe a word of what they say because China has shown the world time and time again just how little they value human life.
In fact, China doesn’t have the best track record when it comes to racism, and tensions have only been escalating in recent months there in the wake of the coronavirus crisis.
In April, the African Union criticized China for blatant racial discrimination in Guangzhou. Many black immigrants in the southern city were forced to sleep out on the streets after landlords evicted them despite paying their rent. Hotels and and restaurants refused to serve them as the Chinese Communist Party blamed Africans for bringing coronavirus into the area, with one McDonald’s making headlines when it put up a notice saying black people weren’t allowed to enter.
The local government carried out surveillance, forced testing, and a 14-day quarantine for all Africans there, even those who had tested negative previously and hadn’t traveled.
And it’s not just black lives that don’t seem to matter to them. This is a country where living political prisoners are having vital organs stolen from their bodies to meet the demand of so-called “transplant tourists” with deep pockets.
It’s a practice that often targets Falun Gong prisoners of conscience. Falun Gong is a religious movement whose followers practice techniques that are similar to Tai Chi and believe in a philosophy related to compassion and truthfulness. Falun Gong has been banned in China since 1999, and thousands of practitioners have been arrested after the government declared it a “heterodox religion” as its growing popularity and spiritual teachings were perceived as a threat to the government’s power.
It’s long been known that they’ve been targeting followers for organ harvesting. Undercover investigators from Canada called various Chinese hospitals posing as patients who needed organs, and many of the doctors they contacted openly admitted that organs were for sale and that they were routinely harvested from the Falun Gong prisoners.
In fact, they care so little for these people that they don’t even use their names; instead, they brand them with code numbers to identify them. These prisoners are also often subjected to torture and forced labor.
Humans rights groups have estimated that at least 2,000 Falun Gong practitioners have died from abuse while in custody and tens of thousands more have been killed for the country’s organ transplant industry.
Don't their lives matter?
And what about whistleblowers and those who dare to speak out against the government?. In February, Business Insider highlighted the cases of five people in China who had disappeared, been arrested, or were silenced after they spoke out about coronavirus.
One was Li Wenliang, the 34-year-old doctor who had warned colleagues in late December about a mystery virus that we now know as the coronavirus; he was detained by police for “spreading false rumors.” Two days after his release, he unknowingly treated a patient infected with coronavirus and died less than a month later.
There are many, many questions about the true circumstances surrounding his death, and there are countless other stories of people speaking out against the Chinese Communist Party or saying things they don’t like disappearing without a trace.
Don't their lives matter?
And when China colluded with the WHO to delay a warning about the coronavirus pandemic, German intelligence says their actions cost the world four to six weeks in the fight against the deadly disease.
All the lives lost during that time that could have been saved if they’d been honest obviously don’t matter to China, either.
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