May 26, 2022

In solidary with the Ukrainian people, and to put a punctuation mark on its opposition to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Starbucks is closing it’s 130 stores in Russia. The global coffee retailer joins a list of nearly 330 companies that have likewise pulled business from Russia, per Investopedia, March 10

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But at last check, none of these enterprises are dropping out of China.  Anyone who loves freedom and stands for human rights should wonder why. 

Starbucks and those other hundreds of companies yanking business from the Russian Federation is well and good — Putin bad.  Russia’s invasion bad.  Check and check — but why aren’t they exiting the People’s Republic of China?  There isn’t a compelling moral case to be made that Xi Jinping’s regime is at least as reprehensible as Putin’s oligarchy?

Shall we say, “Follow the money?” Always follow the money and power.    

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The PRC is a documented ongoing, flagrant abuser of human rights.  Even Biden’s State Department says so. 

From “U.S. State Department Report: Human Rights Violations Against Falun Gong and Other Groups in China,” via Falun Dafa, April 2, 2021:

The 79-page section on China mentioned forced organ harvesting: “…activists and some organizations continued to accuse the government of forcibly harvesting organs from prisoners of conscience, including religious and spiritual adherents such as Falun Gong practitioners and Muslim detainees [Uyghurs] in Xinjiang.”   

You got that right, forced organ harvesting, which the communist Chinese have turned into a lucrative enterprise. 

This from NBC News, June 18, 2019

Some of the more than 1.5 million detainees in Chinese prison camps are being killed for their organs to serve a booming transplant trade that is worth some $1 billion a year, concluded the China Tribunal, an independent body tasked with investigating organ harvesting from prisoners of conscience in the authoritarian state.