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Finding melodic names for abhorrent policies – this is what China’s communist leadership is best at. “2023 Spring Breeze” is the name of a work program in Xinjiang that serves a number of purposes. It is intended to provide ordinary farmers with rewarding jobs in industrial enterprises. But there are other reasons than mere philanthropy behind it. In his analysis, Marcel Grzanna describes how Uyghurs are sometimes even forced to move to distant regions in the giant province to find work, far away from their families and under constant surveillance. While they are away, their children are looked after in Han Chinese educational institutions – and ideologically indoctrinated.
The arrival of springtime also marks the end of a small era, especially for China business travelers. For those who had to get to the People’s Republic somehow during the pandemic, the charter flights of the German Chamber of Commerce Abroad were a kind of air bridge. Their planes took off a total of 50 times, bringing almost 10,000 people from West to East and back again. As the last plane takes off from Frankfurt tonight, Joern Petring recaps how these charter flights became a lifeline for the German economy.
Admittedly, a little more self-criticism would be desirable for some politicians. It doesn’t have to be acts of “self-purification, self-perfection, self-renewal and self-improvement” – as Xi would like the members of the Communist Party to do. Johnny Erling delves into the origins of a submission ritual in which at least a certain person is always praised.
Work programs help control Uyghurs
At the upcoming National People’s Congress, Xinjiang will also be a topic of discussion. Delegates from the autonomous province in northwestern China will report the successful implementation of “Spring Breeze 2023” – a job program for Uyghur workers in Xinjiang.
Within six weeks until the end of February, local authorities organized 333 job fairs with more than 7,000 participating companies, attracting tens of thousands of interested people, according to Chinese state media. Even three million users are said to have viewed the offers online. The goal: Getting people into wage labor – away from their fields, out of their homes.
There is no doubt that Xinjiang requires a large workforce. Thousands of Chinese companies, but also foreign companies, have invested in the region in recent years. This system allows the Chinese government to push ahead with the promised economic development. It often counters criticism of its repressive policy against the Uyghurs by pointing to the growing gross domestic product.
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