Biden warns China over human rights abuse
US President Joe Biden said Tuesday there will be “repercussions” for China over its human rights abuses. The United States will reassert its global role in speaking up for human rights, Biden said, adding that he would work with the international community to get China to protect them.
In a two hour phone call with Xi this month, Biden emphasized the US priority of preserving a free and open Indo-Pacific region, where the United States and China are major strategic rivals.
“We must speak up for human rights. So we are,” said Biden in response to a question by moderator Anderson Cooper on China’s treatment of the Muslim Uighur minority in the country’s northwest. “China is trying very hard to become a world leader and to get that moniker and be able to do that they have to gain the confidence of other countries,” Biden said on his first official trip since taking office as president in January.
The American president and his officials have faced unrelenting scrutiny of their remarks and pronouncements regarding China and the expectations are for the new administration to continue the hardline positions of the Trump administration, if not to make them tougher.