On Oct. 1, President Donald Trump tweeted congratulations to Communist China on its 70th anniversary, a regime whose policies have killed more than 65 million of its own people, persecuted religious believers for decades, brutalized Tibet, and which operates concentration camps today holding close to 2 million people for "reeducation."
President Trump tweeted, "Congratulations to President Xi and the Chinese people on the 70th Anniversary of the People's Republic of China!"
The People's Republic of China was established on Oct. 1, 1949, after communist revolutionaries, led by Mao Zedong, took over the country.
As is well documented by many historians, Mao, a Marxist atheist, sought to implement socialism by force. His policies led to political and legal repression, executions, destruction of churches, collectivization, shortages, mass famine, starvation, and the death of millions of Chinese.
Mao ruled until his death in 1976. The current president is Xi Jinping, who is often compared to Mao and his image, alongside that of Mao, is sold in shops throughout China and posted on buildings.
According to the Black Book of Communism (Harvard University Press), one of the most authoritative books on the topic, the communist policies in China have killed more than 65 million people -- more than all the people who died in World War II.
Today, Communist China still operates its political prisons, called laogai, and it has built numerous concentration camps that imprison Muslims and other religious people for so-called reeducation. It is a softer totalitarianism than under Mao but it is still brutal.
As Randall Schriver at the Defense Department's Asia desk recently told Reuters, “The (Chinese) Communist Party is using the security forces for mass imprisonment of Chinese Muslims in concentration camps.”
It is appropriate to use the words "concentration camps," like those run by the Nazis, said Schriver because “given what we understand to be the magnitude of the detention, at least a million but likely closer to 3 million citizens out of a population of about 10 million," are being held.
"So a very significant portion of the population, (given) what’s happening there, what the goals are of the Chinese government and their own public comments make that a very, I think, appropriate description,” he said.
Last week, a lawyer for the China Tribunal, Hamid Sabi, testified before the United Nations Human Rights Council about Communist China's harvesting of body organs from prisoners and from people considered political enemies.
Forced harvesting of organs has been occuring "for years throughout China on a significant scale ... and continues today," he said. Many of the victims are followers of the Falun Gong spiritual movement and Uighur Muslims, said the lawyer.
“Victim for victim and death for death, cutting out the hearts and other organs from living, blameless, harmless, peaceable people constitutes one of the worst mass atrocities of this century,” Sabi said. “Organ transplantation to save life is a scientific and social triumph. But killing the donor is criminal.”