Biden agrees with Trump State Department on one issue: China committed genocide against Uyghurs

Biden agrees with Trump State Department on one issue: China committed genocide against Uyghurs

In
a
rare
agreement
on
foreign
policy,

President Biden and the
former
Trump
administration
both
accuse
the
Chinese
government
of
genocide
against ethnic
Uyghurs.

On
his
last
day
on
the
job,
Secretary
of
State Mike
Pompeo

released
determinations
that
China
committed
crimes
against
humanity
and
“genocide
against
the
predominantly
Muslim
Uyghurs.”

Within
hours,
Pompeo’s
likely
successor,
Antony
Blinken,
was
asked
if
he
agreed
with
the
State
Department’s
declaration
during
his
nomination
hearing
before the
Senate
Foreign
Relations
Committee.

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“That
would
be
my
judgment
as
well,”
he
said.
“Forcing
men,
women and
children
into
concentration
camps,
trying
to
in
effect
re-educate
them
to
be
adherents
to
the
Chinese
Communist
Party

all
of
that
speaks
to
an
effort
to
commit
genocide.”

White
House Press
Secretary
Jen
Psaki
dodged
the
question
about
the
administration’s
stance
on
the
issue
Friday,
but
referred
to
Biden’s
previous
comments
calling
China’s
treatment
of
the
Uyghurs
“horrific.”

During
the
presidential
campaign in
late
August,
the Biden
campaign
said in
statement:
 “The
unspeakable
oppression
that
Uyghurs
and
other
ethnic
minorities
have
suffered
at
the
hands
of
China’s
authoritarian
government
is
genocide
and
Joe
Biden
stands
against
it
in
the
strongest
terms.”

The
same
day
Pompeo
declared
incidents
in
the
Xinjiang
region
genocide,
a
Department
of
Homeland
Security
official
told
Fox
News
that
the
department’s
general
counsel’s
office
has
come
to
the
same
conclusion
as
the
State
Department,
and
will
take
appropriate
measures.

A
Chinese
embassy
spokesperson
in
Washington
called
the
U.S.
accusations
“a
gross
interference
in
China’s
internal
affairs
and
a
serious
violation
of
international
law.”

The
embassy
claimed
the
actions
by
China
in
Xinjiang
“are
not
about
ethnicity,
religion
or
human
rights,
but
about
anti-violence,
anti-terrorism,
anti-separatism
and
de-radicalization.”

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The
Chinese
Foreign
Ministry
responded
by announcing sanctions
on
Pompeo
and
several
other
former
Trump
administration
officials.

Several
Biden
cabinet
members
have
already
publicly
denounced
China’s
actions
against
the
Uyghurs.

Treasury
Secretary
designee
Janet
Yellen
called
China
“our
most
important
strategic
competitor,”
while
also
accusing
the
country
of “horrendous
human
rights
abuses.”

As
the
Chinese
government
continues
its
damage-control
operation
by
attacking
former Trump officials,
it
has
reserved
judgment
on
the
Biden
administration
so
far.

A
former
senior
administration
official
told
Fox
News
that
the
Trump
State
Department
prepared
potential
sanctions
against about
a
half-dozen
senior
Chinese
Communist
Party
officials
for the
incoming Biden
administration.

It’s
not
clear if
the
Biden
administration
favors
taking
such
action. 

Organizations
fighting
for
the
freedom
of
people
in
Xinjiang, as
well
as
establishing
an
independent
state
welcome
the
move
by
the
previous
administration,
expect
Biden
to
continue
the
same
policy.

East
Turkistan
Government
in
Exile,
an
organization
claiming
to
represent
the
people
of
the
region,
called
the
decision
by
the
outgoing
State
Department
“the
culmination
of
a
years-long
debate
over
how
to
punish
what
many
consider
Beijing’s
worst
human
rights
abuses
in
decades.”
The
leader
of
the
organization,
Prime
Minister
Salih
Hudayar,
called
on
other
countries
to
follow
the
U.S.
and
respond
firmly
to
the
genocide.

The
land
the
Uyghurs
have
historically
called
East
Turkistan
has
been
occupied
by
China
since
1949,
and
renamed
Xinjiang.

“We
firmly
believe
that
without
restoring
East
Turkistan’s
independence,
there
is
no
way
that
we
can
safeguard
the
human
rights
[and] freedoms,
yet
alone
the
very
survival
of
our
people,”
Hudayar said.
“We
have
filed
a
formal
complaint
to
the
International
Criminal
Court
over
this
genocide.
The
evidence
that
we
have
submitted
include
killings
of
people,
historically,
in
the
past,
and
even
killings
of
people
recently.”

Sairagul
Sautbay
told
Fox
News
she
was
” forcibly
taken
to
a
concentration
camp,
where
I
was
forced
to
work
as
a
Chinese
language
teacher
for
inmates.”

“I
saw
all
the
horrors
there,”
she
said
via
a
note
that
was
translated. “In
order
to
exterminate
the
Kazakh,
Uyghur,
Kyrgyz,
and
other
indigenous
peoples
of
East
Turkestan
[sic],
who
had
lived
in
their
homeland
since
the
time
of
their
ancestors,
the
CCP
imprisoned
men
and
women,
young
and
old,
from
all
walks
of
life.”

She
added:
“Genocidal
policy
of
the
CCP
destroyed
millions
of
families
and
turned
East
Turkestan into
a
large
open-roof
prison.
This
crime
is
a
genocide
committed
by
the
CCP
against
humanity
after
World
War
II.
In
this
concentration
camp,
I
witnessed
the
horrors
of
countless
innocent
people.
Their
hopes
were
dashed,
and
they
were
greatly
weakened
by
hunger,
insomnia,
and
torture.”

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Experts
say
the
issue
will
be
a
key
test
of
the Biden
administration.

Scott
Kennedy,
senior
adviser
and
trustee
chair
in
Chinese
Business
&
Economics
at
the
Center
for
Strategic
&
International
Studies,
predicts Biden
will
raise
concerns
but
won’t attack China’s
interests
directly.

“We
will
see
the
president
speak
up
on
human
rights,
and
the
U.S.
will
engage
with
allies
to
come
up
with
joint
approaches
to
these
issues,”
he
said.
“This
applies
to
Xinjiang,
Hong
Kong,
China’s
surveillance
state
and
other
human
rights
issues.”

Gordon
Chang,
an
expert
in
U.S.-China
relations,
believes
the
U.S.
is
obligated
to
take
action.

“Biden,
who
said
he
would
be
tough
on
Beijing’s
human
rights
violations,
will
have
to
act
against
Chinese
genocide
or
pay
a
political
cost
for
not
doing
so,”
Chang
said.
“Everyone
will
be
watching.”


Fox
News’
Rich
Edson
contributed
to
this
report.

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