I attended a nonpartisan Diet members’ meeting “Stop China’s illegal organ transplants” hosted by Mr. Hideaki Kase, a diplomatic analyst. I gave a speech and encouraged the attendees to continue our efforts until we achieve our purpose.
The Chinese government led by President Xi Jinping has continued to suppress the Uyghur people – the majority of which are Muslims – in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, and some other ethnic and religious minority groups in China since 2012. This issue is now globally reported by the news media, but it had not been raised as a serious issue until the Chinese government started to build concentration camps to detain the Uyghur people in 2017. Currently, more than one million Uyghur people are said to be detained in these camps, whose features are often described with the following words: indoctrination, surveillance, religious restrictions, forced labor and forced sterilization. Many countries have condemned the Chinese government for its infringement on the Uyghur people’s human rights in recent years, while some countries are hesitant to call it a genocide.
After his inauguration of the US presidency in January, President Joe Biden grappled squarely, from his political viewpoint, with the issue of the Chinese government’s infringement on the Uyghur people’s human rights. He follows Former President Donald Trump’s policy on this issue, and declared to regard the case as a genocide. In February, the Netherlands and Canada followed the President’s statement. In late March, the EU imposed travel and economic sanctions on Chinese officials in charge of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. So far as Japan is concerned, the Japanese government announced a statement in late January that the government is concerned about China’s human right issue and that it will keep a cautious eye on it. President Biden repeatedly advocates the following as the US foreign policy toward China: The US as a great democratic state will have to compete with China as a great autocratic state, and therefore, the US will keep its strong military presence in the Indo-Pacific Region. It does not cause a conflict between the two countries, but it aims to keep peace in the Region.
Whenever the Chinese government is accused of its infringement on the Uyghur people’s human rights, it either denies the fact or rejects the accusation by telling the countries to stop interfering in China’s domestic affairs. However, this issue must no longer be left as it is. I have learned many miserable cases of illegal organ transplants in China in the above-mentioned meeting. Regarding the Chinese government’s infringement on the Uyghur people’s human rights, I believe that Japanese people, especially the politicians, should earnestly respond to the issue. I have always been requesting the Japanese government, particularly the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to respond to the Chinese government in a specific and precise manner.