China’s state-run China Daily ran an astonishing piece on Thursday celebrating the forced sterilization of women from the Muslim Uyghur minority of Xinjiang province as a triumph of feminism because the women have more “autonomy” now that they do not have to spend all their time raising children.
The Chinese Embassy to the United States promoted the China Daily article with an even more outrageously-worded tweet:
Study shows that in the process of eradicating extremism, the minds of Uygur women in Xinjiang were emancipated and gender equality and reproductive health were promoted, making them no longer baby-making machines. They are more confident and independent.
The “report” in question came from the Xinjiang Development Research Center. China Daily scrambled to claim the dramatic reduction in birthrates came not from “forced sterilization” as foreign researchers asserted, but rather from “the eradication of religious extremism,” which was compelling Uyghurs to “resist