If this doesn’t clearly lay out the deranged and corrupt priorities of Biden’s administration, then nothing will.
Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry brushed off a question about human rights and China’s treatment of Uyghurs during an interview on the Biden administration’s climate agenda.
Kerry claimed “life is always full of tough choices in the relationship between nations” when asked how he squares his approach to climate change with China’s ongoing enslavement of their Muslim minority population.
He also likened President Joe Biden’s push to cooperate with China on climate change to former President Ronald Reagan’s success in reaching an arms reduction agreement with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev at the Reykjavík Summit in 1986.
Kerry didn’t elaborate on the other issues affecting U.S.-China relations, nor did he mention China’s treatment of Uyghur Muslims and other ethnic minorities in the northwestern Xinjiang region. Current estimates indicate China in recent years has detained up to 2 million people in internment camps.
Multiple reports indicate China is committing “demographic genocide” against the local population through forced abortions and sterilization. Other reports cite the use of forced labor, including for U.S. companies, and a high-tech surveillance apparatus designed to monitor the entire region.
The outgoing Trump administration had declared in January that China’s actions in Xinjiang constituted genocide, and the Biden administration has continued to use that designation.
Kerry’s brushing aside of human rights in China echoes previous comments he made during an April interview, in which he suggested the U.S. should push aside “differences on human rights” in order to pursue cooperation with China on climate change.
Author: Asa McCue