torsdag 9. desember 2021

House Ratchets Up Pressure on China With Bipartisan Votes on Peng Shuai and Uyghur Labor

The normally fractious House of Representatives closed ranks on Wednesday to pass resolutions designed to pile pressure on China in the weeks leading up to the Beijing Winter Olympics. The first resolution, passed unanimously, condemned the International Olympics Committee's (IOC) kid-gloved handling of missing tennis star Peng Shuai. Shuai disappeared from public view after she publicly made a sexual harassment complaint against a Chinese political official.

The second resolution—approved 428 to 1—promises to cause China even greater aggravation by punishing companies that use forced labor from China's Uyghur Muslim minority, victims of a ferocious security crackdown that America has labeled genocide. Both issues have prompted the United States and several allies to pull diplomats from the Beijing Games.

"Today, Congress sends a clear message: the Chinese government's genocide of the Uyghur people must end now," Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wrote in a Wednesday afternoon tweet. "If the U.S. does not speak out for human rights in China because of commercial interests, we lose all moral authority to speak out for human rights any place in the world."