What to Watch in 2022
Happy New Year everyone! In many ways, 2021 was a tough year for Asia. We saw a coup followed by massive crackdowns in Myanmar, continued oppression of Uyghurs, Tibetans, and activists in China, widespread natural (and climate-connected) disasters in the Philippines and India, and deteriorating press freedoms...nearly everywhere.
Will this trend continue in 2022, or will there be a shift towards justice and accountability? Here are the key events and trends to watch in Asia this coming year.
What to Watch are paid-tier subscriber issues highlight two major, upcoming events or trends, and other stories to watch in Asia in the coming month or year.
To Watch: Action on Tibet. Xinjiang & Hong Kong
Last last year, a independent tribunal was held, bringing in human rights experts, Uyghur victims, and others to evaluate whether what China was doing to the Uyghurs was, in fact a genocide. After several weeks, they ruled that, yes, there is genocide and crimes against humanity being committed by the Chinese government, Now, the questions is – how will the world respond to this, and the growing mounds of evidence? (Oliver Young, China Digital Times).
One big change has taken place in Xinjiang itself – the region’s party boss, Chen Quanguo, widely considered the architect of the system of repression, has been replaced. Whether this means that they’ll be any shift in policies remains to be seen (Vincent Ni, The Guardian).