Biden accused of looking the other way on China’s Uighur ‘genocide’

President Joe Biden is being accused of failing to confront communist China over the regime’s persecution of the Uighur people.

In a scathing editorial, the Washington Free Beacon charged Biden with telling the Muslim minority to “drop dead” after reports emerged that his administration is blocking sanctions on slave labor. 

Trade restrictions at play

The Uighur Forced Labor Prevention Act enjoys bipartisan support in Congress, but as Politico noted, it has faced opposition from corporate lobbyists, as well as Biden officials concerned about the effects of trade restrictions.

The Washington Post reported Friday that Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman wants a more “targeted” version of the bill, which calls for a blanket ban on imports made with Uighur slave labor.

Republican supporters of the bill, such as Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), and conservative media like the Beacon, have accused the Biden administration and its “climate czar,” John Kerry, of putting a woke climate agenda before human rights.

The Free Beacon condemned the Biden administration for looking away from a “genocide” to salvage a climate deal that Kerry is negotiating with China.

“This isn’t just a scandal. It’s a moral stain on the Biden administration, whose chief diplomat, Antony Blinken, routinely invokes his stepfather—a Holocaust survivor—when it’s politically convenient,” the Beacon wrote.

China tensions rise

China is the world’s biggest emitter of greenhouse gas, as well as the biggest supplier of a crucial raw material in solar panels, polysilicon. Fifty percent of the world’s supply of the rare material comes from Xinjiang, the Uighur homeland where many are being held in camps.

As the New York Post noted, the Uighur bill passed the Senate in July in a unanimous vote after passing the House in September 2020. The House plans to vote again this week.

The outcry over the Uighurs comes as China has become more aggressive about its territorial claims over Taiwan, fueling fears of conflict between America and its chief adversary as China hawks demand a stronger stance from Biden.

When the White House announced it would not send a U.S. delegation to the Winter Olympics, China dismissed the slap on the wrist as a trifling gesture.

Hu Xijin, editor-in-chief of the Global Times, a Chinese propaganda paper, said that “only super narcissistic people will regard their absence” as significant.

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