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Western reports of Xinjiang organ harvesting flimsy: top organ donation expert
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By Liu Xin and Zhao Yusha Source:Global Times Published: 2020/7/4
23:32:49
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Lies don't accord with Chinese principles, practices

File photo:VCG



A new wave of accusations against China of "harvesting organs"
emerged recently, and by adding minorities in the Xinjiang Uygur
Autonomous Region to the latest "victims" list, some anti-China
forces and Western media are attempting to use these unfounded
reports to escalate slandering against China, observers said. "You
will never wake someone who is pretending to be asleep," China's
top expert on organ transplant said, as these lies do not accord
with principles and practices on organ transplant and donations in
China.

Following some Western media reports from the China Tribunal which
accused the Chinese government of "harvesting organs from Falun
Gong practitioners" and Uygurs "detained in camps" since June
2019, VICE magazine's France version has released a new report on
the same topic on June 19, offering more so-called "evidence."

By digging into the VICE story and the series of reports on "China
harvesting organs" from Falun Gong practitioners and Uygurs, the
Global Times has found out that such claims are lies interwoven by
members of the Falun Gong cult, separatists from Xinjiang and
overseas anti-China forces with the purpose to further paint China
as a devil mistreating minorities in Xinjiang, to smear the
country's organ transplantation and donation system and its anti-
terrorism work in Xinjiang, and to instigate the international
community to further pressure China.

The VICE story was released in its France version on June 19, in
which it claimed that Xinjiang authorities are taking organs from
"detainees" in the vocational education and training centers. One
"evidence" it gives is that since 2016, the Chinese government has
launched a comprehensive medical check-up in the Xinjiang Uygur
Autonomous Region. Tests are "only compulsory" for Uygur
inhabitants aged from 12 to 65, it claims.

However, the Global Times learned from different departments and
hospitals in Xinjiang and confirmed with local residents, that the
medical examination project that started in 2016 covers residents
from all ethnic groups.

The project includes checks on diseases of hepatitis, tuberculosis
and echinococcosis to help find diseases early. The early
detection of diseases through regular medical checks could help
residents get early treatment and decrease poverty incidence for
illnesses. By August 2019, the region had invested 4.068 billion
yuan in the project.

Many residents from Uygur, Han and other ethnic groups reached by
the Global Times confirmed that the medical examinations they had
were nothing unusual other than medical check-ups. They felt it
was absurd to hear some foreign media linking a project to such
horrifying accusations of organ harvesting.

Another reason listed by VICE to support its accusations against
China is the country has the shortest waiting list time - around
12 days for a transplant while many people in China don't wish to
donate their organs after death. Therefore, they believe that
organ "harvesting from Uygurs" makes up for the high demand.

However, reports on the yearly numbers of China's organ
transplantation operations nationwide, and the Global Times'
interviews with scholars and experts in the field show how shallow
and biased the VICE report is regarding China's organ
transplantation and donation system.


Medical staff bow to the organ donor Li Hongyan before the organ
procurement surgery in Shannan, southwest China's Tibet Autonomous
Region, Aug. 22, 2018. File photo:Xinhua



Transparent system

There are about 300,000 patients who suffer from liver, kidney,
heart and lung failure on average annually in China, whilst more
than 22,000 organ transplantation operations were conducted last
year and the year before, Huang Jiefu, head of the China National
Organ Donation and Transplantation Committee and chairman of the
China Organ Transplantation Development Foundation, told the
Global Times.

Although the number of organ donations in China has increased in
recent years and there are still gaps between supply and demand.
"Sometimes a patient has to wait one or two years to get a
suitable organ," said Huang.

Chen Jingyu, a well-known expert in the lung transplant field and
deputy head of the Wuxi People's Hospital, told the Global Times
previously that differences exist regarding the supply and demand
for different organs, as heart donations are comparatively few,
but lungs are quite common - only 6 percent of donated lungs were
used.

Some patients in China also receive organ donations from their
relatives. Public data shows in 2017, more than 16,000
transplantation operations were conducted and 86 percent of these
organs were from other donors and 14 percent from relatives of the
patients.

Back in 2010, China started a pilot reform regarding deceased
organ donations. In January 2015, China banned the use of executed
prisoners' organs, making voluntary donations the only legitimate
channel.

Organs would be allocated through the China Organ Transplant
Response System and surgeons are not allowed to change the system
or use organs not allocated via the system or from unclear
sources.

Chen told the Global Times that China's smart organ allocation
system allots organs properly and according to an individual's
situation. Between two patients, one suffering from a severe
illness and has to use a ventilator, and one with relatively mild
symptoms, the organ will be distributed to the former.

The basic working principles of allocating organs in China also
act as evidence to debunk rumors of "taking organs from Uygurs."
One principle is that organs getting from one place to another
should be firstly distributed to hospitals in the same place to
ensure the success rate and avoid complications during
transplantation.

As Xinjiang is located at the northwestern corner of China,
flights to other Chinese cities from Xinjiang usually take more
than two hours. For example, it takes 4.5 hours to fly from Urumqi
to Beijing and more than 5 hours to Shanghai. According to
Xinjiang Daily, Xinjiang announced to start comprehensive work on
organ donations from 2013. A total of 55 donations were made and
there were 6,700 voluntary donors as of August 2019.

"You will never wake up someone who is pretending to be asleep,"
Huang said, noting that rumors regarding China taking organs from
Uygurs has long existed. Such fabricated reports always lack solid
evidence to support their claims, so there's no need to take them
seriously, he said.

"But with China being more open to the outside world, we invited
foreign organizations to visit China, to see with their own eyes
how China is developing its organ transplantation system. The
truth lies in people's hearts."

In the past few years, China has also increased promotion of organ
donation among its people. According to data from the website on
organ donation established by the China Organ Transplantation
Development Foundation, more than 1.3 million people have been
registered as voluntary organ donors.


File photo:Xinhua



Closed loop of lies

VICE's story is the latest push to sell the horrific idea of the
"Chinese government harvesting organs from Uygurs." Starting from
June 2019, Western media have gone wild with similar claims.

In June 2019, the China Tribunal published a report claiming that
the Chinese government has been "systematically executing and
harvesting organs of Falun Gong members" and Muslim Uygurs.

Although the China Tribunal describes itself as an "independent
tribunal into forced organ harvesting from prisoners of conscience
in China," a report from US media outlet The Grayzone revealed
that the tribunal and the International Coalition to End
Transplant Abuse in China (ETAC) have close relations to the Epoch
Times, a far-right media arm of the Falun Gong cult.

ETAC, which initiated the China Tribunal claims itself to be an
international nonprofit organization, with its headquarters in
Australia.

Falun Gong is an illegal cult that has been banned by the Chinese
government. It is also an anti-China political organization that
has used unscrupulous measures to discredit China, and the Epoch
Times acts as its rumor spreading machine.

Campbell Fraser, an international organ trafficking researcher
from Australia, told the Global Times in an interview in April
2017 that a number of Western politicians, academics and lawyers
have used Falun Gong to fulfill their political objectives against
the Chinese government.

It seems that to add more ingredients to their long-lasting lies,
The Falun Gong cult drags liars and separatists from Xinjiang and
more anti-China forces into their clique.

The VICE story cited Gulbahar Jelilova, who claimed she was sent
to Xinjiang's vocational education and training centers and heard
about people's organs being harvested.

However, the Global Times learned from relevant departments and
various sources that Gulbahar is a Kazakh national and was
detained by police for allegedly financing terrorist activities.
She had never been to any vocational education and training center
during her stay in Xinjiang.

Erkin Sidick, advisor to the World Uyghur Congress (WUC), has also
been mentioned by VICE and some Western media as one of the first
to have alerted outsiders to the "existence of the Chinese
government selling organs of Uygurs."

The self-proclaimed "peaceful" organization, the WUC, has been
revealed as a US-backed right-wing regime-change network seeking
the "fall of China." It has become a political tool for the US'
new Cold War and media campaign against China.

"It has become a closed loop for fabricating, spreading and hyping
up lies regarding Xinjiang - overseas separatists, NGOs and anti-
China forces create new rumors and lies, Western media report and
hype them up, Western politicians use them to make accusations
against China. And the practice has been escalated to a new level
recently," Wang Jiang, an associate research fellow at the
Institute of Law at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, told
the Global Times.

Wang said that these anti-China forces aim to smear China but
their efforts seem in vain as the majority of countries in the
international community express support regarding China's stance
on Xinjiang.

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