Urgent Letter to World Bank

Dear Friend,
            Congratulations! You have done it.  You made a difference.
            Last month we wrote to ask you to write to the World Bank Executive Direction regarding China's use of loan from the World Bank for repression.
            The World Bank has now rejected a $50 million loan to China's Xinjiang project.
            Thank you for your action!
Ann Lau


Published on 2019-10-13

Urgent Letter to World Bank

Dear Friend,
           The World Bank is having its annual meeting this week October 14-18 in Washington DC.
           Please copy and paste the following letter and send it to
                World Bank US Executive Director DJ Nordquist
                email to eds01@worldbank.org
          Please title it Urgent: Letter to DJ Nordquist
          Please sign your name below.
Ann Lau
Chair, Visual Artists Guild

Ms. DJ Nordquist
Executive Director,
World Bank,
1818 H Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20433

Dear Ms Nordquist,
         I am writing to ask you to review the World Bank's subsidized loans to the Peoples Republic of China.
         China is the world's second largest economy.  It has a cash reserves of $3 trillion yet it borrows $2 billion from the World Bank annually.
         China's infrastructure spending is meant for control allowing for speedy deployment of the Peoples Liberation Army.
            * The Qinghai-Tibet railway which former China President Jiang Zemin admitted that it was a political decision and not commercially viable.
            * The Hong-Kong-Zhuhai-Macaru bridge has a similar purpose.
            * The Hong Kong high speed railway even instituted locations within Hong Kong allowing China's officials to administer China mainland law in violation of the One Country Two Systems.
            * According to analysis by German Xinjiang expert, in 2017 China spent $2.96 billion in tripling the size of 39 concentration camps in Xinjiang, China.
            * China's One Belt One Road infrastructure loan is a predatory initiative which resulted in Sri Lanka giving control of its port and surrounding areas to China for 99 years.
        China's human rights violations are well known: more than a million Uyghur Muslims in concentration camps which China claimed as vocational camps in addition to the persecution and torture of Catholics, Christians, Tibetans and Falun Gong practitioners; jailing and torture of human rights lawyers; kidnapping of booksellers outside of China; the imprisonment and death of Nobel Peace Laureate Liu Xiaobo.
        The United States should not be a collaborator of China's repression. 
        As finance is fluid, can one truly separate a loan for an applied purpose may in fact enable another project to be financed?
        Please stop financing China's inhuman acts through the World Bank.