China using Uyghurs from Xinjiang camps as cover-up for new coronavirus cases, alleges Taiwanese think tank

Dhairya Maheshwari
New Delhi
Updated on: March 25, 2020 21:48 IST

A top military think tank in Taiwan has warned that China could be employing the use of forced labour from the detention camps in Xinjiang to spur its factories back into action, in its bid to deceive the global community that the spread of coronavirus has been brought under check.

“Beijing authorities demand that enterprises resume work and production. Xinjiang Uyghurs, who are strictly controlled and are not able to resist, have become the easiest to secure for labour use to support China's precarious economic security,” Tsun-yen Wang, the acting chief of Division of Non-traditional Security and Military Missions has been warning since March 13. His observations, originally in Mandarin, were translated into English by the Institute for National Defense and Security Research (INDSR), a Taipei-based think tank backed by the government. The research has also been published on the official website of INDSR.