Xinjiang genocide allegations were leveled against China by the Newlines Institute for Strategy and Policy think tank in Washington DC. Here’s what both sides are saying. To have stories like this and more delivered directly to your inbox, be sure to sign up for our newsletter.
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Ben Westcott and Rebecca Wright, writing for CNN, report: “The Chinese government’s alleged actions in Xinjiang have violated every single provision in the United Nations’ Genocide Convention, according to an independent report by more than 50 global experts in human rights, war crimes, and international law.
The report, released Tuesday by the Newlines Institute for Strategy and Policy think tank in Washington DC, claimed the Chinese government ‘bears state responsibility for an ongoing genocide against the Uyghur in breach of the (UN) Genocide Convention.’
It is the first time a non-governmental organization has undertaken an independent legal analysis of the accusations of genocide in Xinjiang, including what responsibility Beijing may bear for the alleged crimes. An advance copy of the report was seen exclusively by CNN.” Here’s what both sides are saying about the matter:
On The Right
The right strongly condemns reports of Chinese genocide committed against religious minorities in the country, specifically the Uyghur people. They also criticize both the Biden administration and multinational corporations for not taking a firm stand against the PRC (People’s Republic of China).
Writing for Fox News, Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urges the Biden administration to stop sending “mixed signals” regarding the PRC’s persecution of religious minorities in Xinjiang. Continuing, he implores the administration to “impose ‘real costs’ on Beijing.” Pompeo had previously “expressed concern about comments Biden made about his conversation with Chinese President Xi Jinping, when he said that ‘culturally, there are different norms that each country and their leaders are expected to follow.’” Pompeo claims that the “communist regime is engaged in a ‘global campaign to undermine the rule of law and democracy wherever they find it’ using tactics like disinformation, stealing intellectual property, and using military force.” He concludes that “If we’re not prepared to confront them in every one of these forums, whether the forum is diplomatic, whether the forum is economic, whether the forum is military, if we’re not prepared to compete and confront them, then the Chinese Communist Party will continue to build out in each of these places and Americans will be the worse for it — and so will people across the world.”
The New York Post Editorial Board further points out that while “Mike Pompeo and current Secretary of State Antony Blinken both agreed that the horrendous treatment qualifies as ‘genocide,’” President Biden “chalked up the systematic rape and abuse of the Muslim minority to cultural differences.” They attribute this to Biden’s compromised position with respect to the Chinese Communist Party, asking why he would take a stand “when his son is still in business with Chinese interests?” The editors are aghast that Biden claims Xi “is only forcing Uighurs into concentration camps to unify his country.”
Jimmy Quinn goes beyond politics in National Review, lambasting multinational corporations for ignoring China’s abuses. He writes that “Even as a handful of governments have finally started to recognize China’s Uyghur genocide for what it is, raising the possibility that Western countries impose sanctions targeting the perpetrators of these atrocities and boycott the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, the response from large corporations continues to lag.”
The right strongly encourages both the Biden administration and corporate executives to take a strong stand against China’s alleged human rights abuses.
On The Left
Pundits on the left urge Biden to stand firm against Beijing’s alleged atrocities as well. They see this as an important test of President Biden’s resolve.
Rayhan Asat is an attorney and human rights advocate of ethnic Uyghur background. She writes in NBC News that “The recent designation, while a step in the right direction, is far from enough. As was Joe Biden calling the atrocities against my people a genocide during his presidential campaign. While it was encouraging to see President Joe Biden, in his first call to Chinese President Xi Jinping, raise the issue of the abuses that are happening to my people, his administration must now combine words with decisive action.” Simply put, Asat feels as if the Biden administration is “talking the talk” but not yet “walking the walk.”
In CNN, Amer Khan writes that “For too long, the world has ignored reports of China’s mass detention and forced labor of Muslim Uyghurs and other minorities in the northwest region of Xinjiang. Now, both CNN and the BBC have published deeply reported and horrifying accounts of rape, abuse, and torture detailed by Uyghur women who’d been held in China’s internment camps.” He calls it “genocide” that “poses an urgent test for President Joe Biden’s new administration and for the international community. Either the United States and the world will finally go beyond tepid criticism and respond with real action, or we can forget about values, universal rights, and international law.” Khan urges Biden not to use the Uyghur cause as a bargaining chip “to achieve other pressing priorities with China.”
The Washington Post Editorial Board takes aim at the Olympic Games set to take place in China approximately one year from now. They warn that “The world’s athletes are expected to gather for the XXIV Olympic Winter Games in a country the US government officially considers to be engaged in genocide.” The Post believes that “It is not too soon to start thinking about how the United States and other democracies…are going to deal with this situation.” They conclude by suggesting that the administration “must consult with allies as to the most effective joint approach to the issue.”
The left wants Biden to work with allies and the international community to condemn and punish China’s reprehensible policies currently under intense scrutiny.
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An Insider poll shows that 36% of Americans believe that President Biden’s policy toward China is “weak” or “too weak.” Pew Research Center polling finds that 12% would likely use negative adjectives when describing China, versus only 4% who would speak positively. However, while 20% of respondents think of “human rights abuses” when they think of China, only 3% cite the Uygher situation, specifically.
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