The new five-year plan to be implemented by the Chinese Communist party (CCP) was recently published and is accused of including obvious eugenic practices in its birth policies. For many years it pursued the “one-child policy,” and is now seeking to counteract the aging of its population by encouraging Chinese women to have more babies, but according to expert analysts, the incentive is only for certain types of women in order to “improve the quality of the population.” 

According to a devastating Catholic News Agency (CNA) report among the objectives listed in its five-year plan to be developed between 2021 and 2025, the CCP aims to “optimize its birth rate policy.”

Columbia professor Leta Hong Fincher, showed her extreme concern about this at a virtual event with a panel of experts from China at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) on Nov.13. 

“What caught my eye was that they actually use specific language saying that China needs to ‘upgrade population quality.’ They need to ‘optimize their birth policy.’ They even use a term, which is effectively emphasizing the role of eugenics in population planning in China,” said Fincher, an expert in East Asian studies.

According to Fincher’s interpretation of the five-year plan, the CCP’s plans to control reproduction are part of the objectives to maintain internal security by encouraging the growth of Han Chinese, the dominant ethnic group in China. 

The CCP is encouraging birth among the Han Chinese to “purify” the group and rid it of undesirable components as is the case of the Uyghur Muslims, who suffer a systematic and forced limitation of births by the authorities.

“We see what is happening in Xinjiang with the forced sterilization of Muslim women, particularly Uyghur women. And the language of the plan suggests to me that the government is going to continue with that,” Fincher said.

Following strict one-child policies implemented in recent years in China, the number of children born in 2019 was the lowest since Mao Zedong’s Great Leap Forward campaign, the second five-year plan of the CCP from 1958 to 1962, which resulted in a famine that killed tens of millions of people. 

“The backdrop to all this, of course, is that China’s population is severely aging. And what’s interesting and worrying to me is that the language they have about the aging population is coupled with the need to improve the birth control policy—to cultivate a higher quality population,” said Fincher.

Regarding the brutal events documented in Xinjiang, the Government of East Turkistan in Exile (ETGE) and the East Turkistan National Awakening Movement (ETNAM) recently handed over evidence to the International Criminal Court (ICC) to initiate an investigation into genocide and other human rights violations ordered by senior Chinese officials. 

In their report they confirm that the Chinese Communist Party is using forced sterilization, forced abortion, and coercive family planning against the Uighurs, Kazakhs, Kyrgyz, and other Turkish peoples in East Turkistan as part of its continuing campaign of colonization and genocide. 

“Between 1979 and 2009, the Chinese government [the CCP] reported that they “prevented the illegal births of 3.7 million babies” in East Turkestan alone. [German researcher Adrian] Zenz’s report also states that more than 3 million Uighurs, Kazakhs, Kyrgyz, Uzbeks, Tatars and other Turkish people in East Turkistan have been locked up in concentration camps and labor camps. …  More than 500,000 Uighurs and other Turkish children have been forcibly separated from their families and are being indoctrinated in state orphanages and boarding schools to become ‘loyal Chinese citizens.’”

According to another statement released in August, dozens of prominent religious leaders condemned the persecution of Uyghur Muslims under the CCP as “one of the most atrocious human tragedies since the Holocaust,” insisting that the clear goal of the CCP “is to eradicate the Uyghur identity.”

By promoting births among Han Chinese and at the same time forcibly limiting births among Uighurs and other ethnic groups deemed unsuitable, the CCP hopes to “improve the quality of the population” by purging it of objectionable components, said professor Fincher.

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