On the international political chessboard the players are moving, and now Ukraine is marking its own game by condemning the Chinese regime for its crimes against humanity against the Uyghurs and other ethnic minorities in Xinjiang.
Ukraine along with 49 Western countries signed on October 31, a petition denouncing the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) human rights policy. The petition was handled at the U.N. and is linked to a report produced in late August by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. The commission’s assessment warned of human rights violations in the Xinjiang.
The statement was made during the general debate on human rights in the Third Committee of the U.N. General Assembly. Previously, Ukraine’s position had been neutral, a silence, which in terms of crimes against humanity is tantamount to being in favor.
Taking a stand against the CCP’s human rights violation policy toward the Uyghurs implies that Ukraine is staking its hopes that the Chinese regime will not support Russia in some way in the current war conflict.
Ukraine’s relations with China and the Chinese Communist Party
Since the conflict began, Ukraine apparently hoped that China would take a relevant role in alleviating the current crisis. For his part, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Wenbin said that China respects Ukraine’s sovereignty and rejects the use of force to resolve differences.
Putin’s threat to use nuclear weapons provoked an unprecedented Chinese reaction in September: The Chinese Foreign Ministry, through its spokesman Wang Yi, explicitly called for an “immediate ceasefire.” It marked a change of course for a the CCP that until then had carefully refrained from taking sides.
Wang said, “The purposes and principles of the U.N. Charter should be followed, the legitimate security concerns of all countries should be taken into account, and all efforts leading to the peaceful resolution of crises should be supported.”
The contrast between Xi’s and the Foreign Ministry’s narratives is more than striking and invites thought as to whether there are at least two Chinas within the same nation, and reveals a power factional struggle within the CCP.
In its economic links to China, until the conflict with Russia, Ukraine exported military equipment for the construction of semiconductors, wheat, iron ore, and other primary inputs. If China at the same time continues its economic relationship with Russia, what will be the fate of Ukraine’s relationship with China?
China’s positions on the Russia-Ukraine war
In the Russia-Ukraine war, China has shown signs of being closer to Russia. In fact, China-Russia relations have remained at a high level of mutual trust and bilateral support.
According to a statement from China’s Foreign Ministry and its spokesman Minister Wang Yi, “China is willing to deepen exchanges with Russia at all levels, boost China-Russia relations and cooperation in various fields to a higher level (…) and provide more stability to the turbulent world.”
However, in the game of international relations, the CCP has been able to take the right steps without fully defining itself on any “side” and protecting only its own interests. Wang was seen warmly greeting, this time, Dmytro Kuleba, Ukraine’s foreign minister, last September.
Thus, far from openly engaging with the Russian side, the Chinese regime has carefully refrained from taking the irreversible step of pledging military aid to Russia or renewing with it its earlier declarations of unlimited cooperation.
United Nations corrupted by the CCP?
The presence of the Chinese Communist regime on the U.N. Human Rights Council seems to be a real mockery. It is an open secret that the CCP influences the decisions of U.N. officials when it comes to voting against Uyghur issues.
Louis Charbonneau, director of the United Nations at Human rights Watch said, “For years, the Chinese government has used economic retaliation to intimidate U.N. members who interfere with criticism of the CCP’s poor human rights record.”
Once again, the Chinese regime succeeded in obstructing the Human Rights agenda, and the vote resulted in 19 votes against, 17 in favor and 11 abstentions, including Ukraine in principle.
It was a severe blow to the U.S.-led initiative. The refusal to deal with a serious issue is almost unheard of in the history of the Human Rights Council. And it is also inadmissible.
Omer Kanat executive director of the Uyghur Human Rights Project said, “The road to justice is never easy.” He added, “The singular goal of the Chinese government has been to silence even a discussion on the issue; we cannot allow this to happen.”
As long as totalitarian regimes such as those that rule Cuba or China are part of an organization that watches over the lives of millions of people in the world, such as the United Nations, security and protection cannot be guaranteed in the face of the political and economic interests that always prevail and are common currency to silence crimes against humanity.