lørdag 20. februar 2021

US President Biden Warns China of ‘Repercussions’ For Rights Abuses in Xinjiang

China will face “repercussions” if it continues to perpetrate human rights abuses against its people, U.S. President Joe Biden said Tuesday, including Uyghurs in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR), where Washington has said authorities are carrying out genocide and crimes against humanity.

Speaking at a town hall on CNN, Biden told moderator Anderson Cooper that he had made clear to Chinese President Xi Jinping during a two-hour call earlier this month that the U.S. will continue to speak out against rights violations in the XUAR and that China’s aspirations of becoming a global leader will be stymied for as long as it refuses to reverse course.

“There will be repercussions for China, and he knows that,” Biden said, without providing details, but suggesting such actions might largely amount to a pressure campaign. “What I’m doing is making clear that we, in fact, are going to continue to reassert our role as spokespersons for human rights at the U.N. and other agencies that have an impact on their attitude,” he added.