“Amid growing international condemnation, [China] continues to commit genocide and crimes against humanity in Xinjiang,” said U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken ahead of meetings with the EU and NATO this week, according to Reuters.
Restoring the idea of U.S. strength against our Asian rival, Blinken, along with several other Western countries, collectively agreed Monday to impose sanctions on China amid increasing evidence that they are enslaving, torturing, and murdering hundreds of thousands of their Muslim-minority population, the Uyghurs.
The 28-member EU, the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada mutually sanctioned at least five high-level Chinese officials accused of committing human rights violations against the Uyghur population located in the rural Xinjiang region.
“I think it’s clear that by acting with our partners – 30 of us in total – we are sending the clearest message to the Chinese government, that the international community will not turn a blind eye to such serious and systematic violations of basic human rights and that we will act in concert to hold those responsible to account,” UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab told Parliament, according to BBC.
Blinken said in a statement U.S. sanctions against Chinese officials are due to their connection to “arbitrary detention and severe physical abuse, among other serious human rights abuses.”
Canada’s foreign ministry echoed Raab and Blinken, stating, “Mounting evidence points to systemic, state-led human rights violations by Chinese authorities.”
The Western alliance against the Chinese nation intends to deter them from continuing to commit these abuses, for which China denies responsibility.
Unsurprisingly, Beijing quickly retaliated by imposing similar sanctions against European lawmakers, diplomats, institutes and families, as well as their businesses from trading with China, Reuters reported.
This is the first international action the Biden administration has agreed to participate in against the CCP, less than a week after the U.S. was publicly blasted by Chinese officials during a visit to Anchorage, Alaska.
Chinese diplomat Yang Jiechi told Blinken just days ago that the U.S. has no room to criticize other countries’ human rights issues as they have “deep-seated” human rights problems themselves, citing the “Black Lives Matter” movement and public distrust in U.S. elections as examples.
The United States—and the Western World at large—is making it clear to China that despite these issues, the genocide of nearly one million individuals of a religious minority population will not be tolerated.