New Delhi: The Tibetan Center for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD) has launched a new bilingual (English and Tibetan) website – CCP decoding – Thursday, which claims to explain and decipher the meaning and connotations of official jargon and key slogans used by the Chinese Communist Party in present-day China.
TCHRD is an India-based non-governmental organization working to promote human rights and democracy in Tibet, as well as among the Tibetan community in exile.
The website claims to give an “inside track” on what the Chinese interlocutors mean and also explains the alleged “hidden” meaning of phrases such as “Visit the people, benefit the people and unite the hearts of the people” as well. than words like ‘Strike Hard Campaign’.
“It’s not just a glossary of literal translations. CCP decoding will unveil the hidden assumptions, implied meanings, likely impacts and consequences of the CCP’s aggressive propaganda, ”Tsering Tsomo, director of TCHRD said at the Press Club of India website launch on Thursday. Soon, more phrases and terms will be added to the website, which will also be turned into an app next year, she added.
The terms and programs that the website claims to decode are not necessarily aimed at Tibetans, but those used by the CCP across China.
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China claims an “exemplary civilization”
A 2018 report released by Human Rights Watch (HRW) asserted that under “fanghuiju“” – which means “Visit the people, benefit the people and unite the hearts of the people” – the Chinese government had, since 2014, sent 200,000 executives from government agencies, state enterprises and public institutions . in Muslim homes in Xinjiang for regular surveillance. The recognized objective of the program was to safeguard social stability, according to the report.
Another HRW report published the same year stated that while the stated goal of the “Strike Hard Campaign”, launched in 2014, was to end “violent terrorism in Xinjiang”, since the launch of this campaign, “the authorities Chinese have intervened to resort to arbitrary detention ”in Xinjiang, the“ number of people formally arrested having tripled compared to the previous five years ”.
While the CCP decoding the website does not mention the HRW reports, both of these campaigns are among terms the website claims to ‘decode’.
By researching the CCP’s initiative to create “Xiaokang Villages” or “Moderately Prosperous Society in All Respects” along the borders, the Tibetan research team for CCP decoding came across a report claiming that China had started border patrols and propaganda activities in the village of Geru in the town of Shigatse, on the Sikkim border, as early as August 2019.
The report, written in Tibetan and posted on the Chinese messaging platform QQ, also mentioned that residents of Geru were also patrolling the area by bicycle. “Nowadays, everyone in Geru is considered a spy and every household is a spy house,” CCP First Secretary Phurbu Sonam said in the report. ThePrint has a copy of the report.
“There is a deep story rooted in China’s claim to be the exemplary civilization before which everyone must bow. Tibetans know the backstory well and navigate their stateless place in the world by unwrapping these slogans ”, Tsering Dorje, senior researcher and writer of CCP decoding noted.
(Edited by Poulomi Banerjee)
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