When one of the two sons of The Cuban Revolution in our Senate writes a bill banning surveillance equipment to Xinjiang, the only thought that occurs is whether it makes sense to attempt to stop the leader in face recognition technology by banning mediocre surveillance technology that China does not need or presently uses!!
China has discovered that even though it has eradicated poverty that on the extremities there are populations that do not benefit as well as they should from China ‘s growth over the last 40 years!
China’s problem is not new ! We in America created the same problem when after we occupied most of the present boundaries , we were confronted with many different indigenous nations. Chinese, Blacks through out America and Spanish speakers in The SouthWest !! Our answer was to segregate and marginalize them . This has lead to an institutionalized nation of privilege that is white America and the rest of who are less equal under the law! After the death of Dr. King and Robert Kennedy in 1968, we tried to integrate as a means to a more equal solution! We empowered minorities through the vote!!
China wants Uighur to become integrated into a Chinese Identity similar to what we attempted in 1970s! Or what Truman did after WWII with the military! The only difference is that China Has always been integrationists while we have a history of institutionalized racism!!
Unfortunately Uyghurs have been to some extent radicalized and some have joined ISIL. Jihadists have been identified. Some have been killed! As many as one million are being integrated through a forced immersion process.
To us The Chinese effort to integrate Uyghurs into becoming patriotic Chinese is brain washing !! To me as a Puerto Rican who was struck with a ruler every time I said My name was Francisco Fernandez Rua instead of Frank Fernandez by my teachers in Brooklyn, NYC, I can not disagree! But I did learn English ! I did go to college!!
I do not think that Uyghurs were punished as we were in the USA! But if I could give them a suggestion: Just bus them to Han communities and house them like Singapore!!