The Chinese communist Party (CCP) controlled media are promoting the reopening of some surrounding areas of Hubei Province as well as the Wuhan factories despite growing concerns about the use of forced labor that the CCP is employing in its factories.
According to a report by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI), 83 foreign and Chinese companies are currently benefiting directly or indirectly from the use of Uighur workers outside the Xinjiang region through potentially abusive labor transfer programs.
The document states that at least 80,000 Uighurs were transferred out of Xinjiang and assigned to factories in a supply chain that includes textile and automotive electronics under a Party policy known as ‘Xinjiang Aid.’
An international coalition of human rights organizations is currently working to ask popular fashion brands to end ties with Xinjiang where the labor of Uighurs held in forced labor camps is used, according to Vox.
However, the CCP media is now pushing the narrative on the normalization of factories in Wuhan, claiming that they are completely safe from the threat of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) Virus and also that they are areas where production levels have returned to normal.
The Global Times, a media outlet paid for by the Chinese Communist Party, on Monday, Sept. 14, promoted the resumption of operations at the Lenovo factory located at ground zero of the virus in Wuhan.
According to the Global Times “work has returned to normal” at the Lenovo plant where more than 100,000 cellphones are manufactured daily.
“In the second quarter of the year, the Wuhan East Lake High-Tech Development Zone, known as the ‘Optics Valley of China’ and home to many big names including Foxconn, Lenovo, and China Star Optoelectronics Technology Co., has achieved a GDP growth of 13.5 percent year-on-year despite the virus onslaught,” said the Global Times.
“Since resuming production in April, increasing investment from both home and abroad, and top-down support from the whole country, has empowered Wuhan to restore its manufacturing capability and recover rapidly from the epidemic,” added the Times.
Lenovo CEO and President Yang Yuanquin said on Thursday, “A few months ago, Wuhan was the center of the epidemic storm, but now it has become the weather vane of China’s post-epidemic economic development.
Before the outbreak of the CCP Virus, the city of Wuhan was a major international industrial center, but now the CCP hopes that the supply chains that are circulating in the city will serve to silence international criticism of its handling of the virus outbreak, Breitbart News reported.
In mid-August, the city held a massive celebration with people bathing in a pool while attending a music festival as the crowd gathered without wearing any protective equipment.
Last weekend, Wuhan officials announced the normalization of domestic flights and eventually will also present the opening of international flights to destinations such as Seoul, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, and Jakarta, said Qu Xiaoni, an airport representative told the official Xinhua news agency.