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XINJIANG, China (ChurchMilitant.com) - Decreases in the birthrate in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) of China are stemming from the "eradication of religious extremism," according to a new Chinese Communist Party (CCP) report.
The report, published on Thursday by the Xinjiang Development Research Center, said the elimination of what it calls "religious extremism" has allowed Uyghur Muslim women to become more autonomous and confident, according to the China Daily. They are less likely to resist family planning measures and now see themselves as more than mere "baby-making machines," the report states.
Reportedly, the birthrate in Xinjiang decreased from 1.6% in 2017 to 1% in 2018.
Many critics see the CCP's use of terms like "religious extremism" and "family planning" as euphemisms that imitate radical feminist language and hide a sinister agenda.
China expert Steven Mosher, who witnessed the horrors of China's one-child policy in the 1980s, told Church Militant recently: "Chinese communist propaganda mimics the language of Western feminists to disguise their ongoing genocide of the Uyghur people."
"What is really taking Uyghur women out of the baby-making business," Mosher added, "is the massive number of forced sterilizations and forced abortions that are being performed on Uyghur women who have two children."
The report claims "safe, effective and appropriate contraceptive measures are now available to couples of childbearing age in Xinjiang, and their personal decisions on whether to use those measures — which include tubal ligation and the insertion of intrauterine devices — are fully respected," according to the China Daily.
"An increasing number of people in southern Xinjiang were deciding to marry and have children later in life, seeing the benefits of fewer but better births, and the change was due more to personal choice than government policy," it added.
Mosher is not the only expert to criticize the CCP "family planning" policies and describe what's happening as genocide.
Another China expert, Adrian Zenz, has put forth evidence of mass birth prevention and mass female sterilization of Uyghur Muslims in China. In an interview with NPR last summer, Zenz shared information he gathered from Xinjiang National Health Commission, local prefecture government and county websites. He stated:
I was able to uncover dedicated policies by Beijing in the [XUAR] region to systematically suppress birth rates and depress population growth. I uncovered evidence that the Uyghurs are subject to internment in camps if they violate birth control policies — have too many children. I also uncovered that there's tools to implement intrauterine contraceptive devices and other intrusive surgical birth prevention mechanisms in at least 80% of the targeted women.
Zenz related the "harrowing" stories of Uyghur women who are:
caught up by the police and, as they're being brought to the internment camp, the first thing is that they're told "you're going to go on the surgery table, and we're going to put an intrauterine contraceptive device into your body because that's standard policy for women who are put into a camp." Other women report of forced sterilization, of abuse, even accounts of rape.
Pro-China Global Times reported that Chinese scholars from a Xinjiang think tank dismissed Zenz as "a far-right Christian" and accused him of "fabricating unfounded reports to slander China's policies in Xinjiang" and "to cater to the U.S. and some Western countries' aim of attacking China."
But many anti-American mainstream sources have likewise reported on the annihilation of traditional Uyghur people. NBC News, for example, reported in late 2019 on how "[f]or at least the last three years, Chinese authorities in the far western region of Xinjiang have been rounding up men and women ... and detaining them in camps designed to rid them of terrorist or extremist leanings."
As to ridding Uyghur people of "extremist leanings," Mosher added wryly: "I suppose we could call that 'gender equality,' CCP style. Neither sex can have children."