Just days after former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo declared the Chinese Communist Party’s treatment of regional Muslim-minority group the Uyghurs a “genocide,” the Biden Administration has responded.
Instead of turning a blind eye to the mass extermination of the religious group, Biden stands on the side of human rights on this issue.
Emily Horne, Spokesperson for Biden’s National Security Council, told the Washington Examiner, “President Biden has called the oppression of the Uyghurs a genocide, and he stands against it in the strongest possible terms.”
So far, this seems to be the only issue the Trump and Biden Administrations are aligned on following Pompeo’s determination that China is committing crimes against humanity by forcing nearly one million Muslims into concentration camps where they are tortured and killed.
In a statement last Tuesday, Pompeo said, “This genocide is ongoing,” and, “we are witnessing the systematic attempt to destroy Uyghurs by the Chinese party-state.”
Pompeo added that the CCP is, “engaged in the forced assimilation and eventual erasure of a vulnerable ethnic and religious minority group, even as they simultaneously assert their country as a global leader and attempt to remold the international system in their image.”
Biden’s Secretary of State nominee, Tony Blinken, made it clear during his confirmation hearing that he agrees with Pompeo’s assessment.
“The forcing men, women, and children into concentration camps, trying to, in effect, ‘re-educate’ them to be adherents to the ideology of the Chinese Communist Party, all of that speaks to an effort to commit genocide, and so I agree with that finding,” Blinken said.
When asked about how the Biden Administration intends to respond, he continued, “I think we should be looking at making sure that we are not importing products that are made with forced labor from Xinjiang — that’s one such thing. We need to make sure that we’re also not exporting technologies and tools that could be used to further their repression.”
As of now, it appears the Biden Administration will take action against the CCP, but exactly how strict the consequences will be is yet to be determined.