Wei Jingsheng Foundation News and Article: A1376-W985



Release Date: April 29, 2021



Topic: Controversy Over Uyghur History -- Wei Jingsheng

标题:关于维吾尔历史的争论 -- 魏京生


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Controversy Over Uyghur History

-- Wei Jingsheng


Following the U.S. government, the parliaments of several democratic countries passed resolutions declaring the so-called re-education camps in Xinjiang as acts of genocide.  This is a major blow to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), which cruelly oppresses people of all ethnic groups.  People of all ethnic groups clapped and expressed their sympathy and support for the Uyghur people.  At the same time, the CCP has also intensified their united front and work to divide its opposition, which has caused great controversy on the Internet.


As for the Han Chinese, in addition to the Overseas Chinese Democracy Coalition, which has supported and helped Uyghurs to defend their human rights for many years, different voices have also appeared.  Some people are vigorously advocating that the Han Chinese should kneel and apologize to the Uyghurs.  This caused two reactions.  Most Han people on the Internet are extremely disgusted with this.  It is the Communist regime oppressing the people of all ethnic groups, and not the Han people oppressing the people of all ethnic groups.  Why should the Han people apologize to the Uyghurs?  Isn't this creating hatred for Uyghur friends?  The motivation should be condemned.


Many years ago, a middle-level cadre of the CCP Propaganda Department in Tibet also instigated among Tibetan friends that the Han people should kneel and apologize to the Tibetan people.  A few years later, the Tibetans recognized this trick, and the Dalai Lama still maintained good unity with the democracy movement of the Han Chinese.  That person has moved away somewhere else, and I hadn't seen her active for a while.


Regrettably, the extremists among the overseas Uyghur friends have jumped out to support the suspicious person.  Some have even used extremely bad language to insult the Han people, and even used the same racially discriminatory language as the Nazis to insult the Han.  This kind of cooperation cannot be said to be inconsistent, and it has upgraded the language violence of the so-called “public intellectual” a notch.  It seems to me that this is not a conflict between different ethnic groups but, there should be a deeper conspiracy.


This “public intellectual” claimed that the Han people are white people in China, so they should kneel down and apologize to the black Uyghurs in China.  But some Uyghurs often claimed that they are the white race, at least mixed white.  This is a slap in the face on the so-called public intellectual, although from the results of genetic testing, the Uyghur ancestry is basically Mongoloid.  However, from the perspective of archaeological discoveries, the ancient residents of Xinjiang did include a large number of white people, including mixed races of Mongoloid and white.  Indeed the statement of scholars on Xinjiang is correct, which is another slap on the face on the claims by that public intellectual.


Are modern Uyghurs white race?  Obviously not.  The original place of residence of Uyghurs was in now Outer Mongolia, which is the same race Mongoloid as the ancient Huns, Xianbei, Turks, and Mongolia.  They have no consanguinity with the white Saka.  After the Uyghur Khaganate was defeated by the Kyrgyz and moved south, most of the people merged into the northern Han people, and only two small groups moved west to Xinjiang and Central Asia.  The group that moved to Xinjiang was taken in by the Han regime at the time, Gaochang Country, and eventually formed Qocho or the Gaochang Uyghur.  This is the ancestor of Xinjiang Uyghurs.  So one really should not use that kind of vicious language to scold one’s relatives.


Some extreme Uyghurs say that it was the Han who invaded their country.  This statement is ridiculously wrong.  In history, there was only one country dominated by Uyghur residents, that is the Eastern Chagatai Khanate ruled by the Mongols.  In some books, it is also called Turpan Khanate.  Most of its inhabitants are Uyghurs, and the location was in now Turpan, or the old Gaochang Country.  After it was annihilated twice by the khanates also Mongol branch, eventually, the Dzungar Khanate was destroyed by the Manchu Emperor Qianlong of the Qing Dynasty, and it was officially included as the territory of the Qing Dynasty and was named as Xinjiang Province by the Manchu rulers.  This has nothing to do with the Han ethnic groups, and the Han groups never invaded the Uyghur country, nor was there ever a Uyghur country, but only a Mongolian khanate.


What is the meaning of these histories?  Don’t the Uyghur people have the right to want independence because there was no Uyghur country before?  Of course not.  Any group of the people has the right to want their independence, which is called natural human rights.  Not only the Uyghurs, but also the Kazakhs, Tajiks, Kyrgyz, Hui people and Mongolians all have the right to want independence.  But they also have the rights to not want to be independent.  It all depends on how it would be more beneficial to the people of all ethnic groups.  Further, this will be sorted out after the fall of the unreasonable Communist regime in China.


Under the common cruel oppression of the Communist regime, no matter what reason one has, trying to split between the resistance alliances of the equally weak oppositions can only be said to be an accomplice of the Communist regime.  This is not a wrongful accusation.



(This English version is translated by Ciping HUANG, without any compensation.  Wei Jingsheng and the Wei Jingsheng Foundation appreciate her decades of contribution, especially for allowing the use and distribution of her translations of these commentaries.)


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(Written and recorded on April 26, 2021.  Broadcasted by Radio Free Asia on April 27, 2021.)



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Wei Jingsheng Foundation News and Article: A1376-W985



Release Date: April 29, 2021



Topic: Controversy Over Uyghur History -- Wei Jingsheng

标题:关于维吾尔历史的争论 -- 魏京生


Original Language Version: Chinese (Chinese version at the end)









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