/ 09 June 2021

Uyghur births targeted by population planners

According to a new study, China’s ethnic Muslim population could be reduced by a third in 20 years. China has been accused of genocide in the southern Xinjiang province where reports say Uyghur Muslim women are being forcibly sterilised after being detained in work camps. According to official data, there was a 48.7% decline in birth rates among ethnic minorities between 2017 and 2019, but the official line is it’s down to improvements in income and access to contraceptives. However, German researcher Adrian Zenzwas found Beijing’s policies will change the demographic balance in the region to lift the Han Chinese population from 8.4% to 25% by 2040. The report “really shows the intent behind the Chinese Government’s long-term plan for the Uyghur population,” Zenzwas said. #SquizShortcut

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