Biden Talks About "Consequences" For China Due To Camps in Xinjiang
US President mentioned "consequences" for China concerning the human rights situation in the homeland of Uyghurs.
Mr. Joe Biden did not mention the genocide word, which US State Department used to describe the crimes in the country called Xinjiang by Beijing, and East Turkestan by Uyghurs.
"This genocide is ongoing, and we are witnessing the systematic attempt to destroy Uyghurs by the Chinese party-state," US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a assessment on January 22.
But on Tuesday Mr. Biden said China's policy towards Muslims in Xinjiang would have "consequences" for Beijing. Foreign policy was among the issues raised by Biden during his first meeting with voters in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, since taking office. There will be consequences for China, and he knows it, Biden said, referring to Chinese leader Xi Jinping.
China is working hard to become a world leader. In order to qualify for this title, for them to do so, they need to gain the trust of other countries, Mr. Biden said during a meeting hosted by CNN that brought together supporters of Democrats, Republicans and non-supporters of the two leading US parties in an audience. As long as they engage in activities that violate basic human rights, it will be difficult for them to achieve this, Mr. Biden added.
During a two-hour phone call with Xi Jinping on February 11, Joe Biden stressed that the US priority is "keeping a free and open Indo-Pacific region, and expressed concern about Beijing's "forced and unfair" trade practices and human rights. According to the White House readout, Mr. Biden also focused on the Communist China government's crackdown on pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong.