WASHINGTON D.C – On Tuesday, Trump’s administration took a final shot at China, by labeling it’s repression of Uighur Muslims as genocide. In a press statement, Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo forcefully condemned the behavior of the Chinese Communist Party towards minorities while comparing its actions to the Nazi party. This move comes just a few days after China was caught red handed trying to patent facial recognition tech which could be used for singling out Uighur ethnic groups.
The Statement further accused China of torturing, imprisoning and forced sterilization of Uighur Muslims. The policies of CCP are systematically designed to discriminate against Uighurs, and deny them basic human rights of speech, prayer and assembly. China has not only forced Uighur Muslim women to undertake abortions but also separated Uighur children from their families.
Finally, the report called on the CCP to end the persecution of Uighurs. It also called upon various judicial bodies to join USA’s fight against this Chinese perpetrated genocide.
Rather than accepting its mistake, and paying heed to credible reports, top CCP members have tried to spin the story, concluding that Uighurs are voluntarily participating in these “poverty alleviation programs”.
It also tries to justify its hard actions by calling the Xinjiang region a hotbed of terrorism, separatism and extremism. Hence, the genocide is on-going.
It is interesting to note that the statement makes it clear that even because of change in administration the fight against China will continue. In fact, the next Secretary of State, Antony Blinken said that he agreed with the findings.
It appears the statement was designed to put pressure on China and set the tone for the new administration. With this attack, the Trump administration has ensured that Biden administration will have to announce a concrete policy to deal with China on the same issue.
Unfortunately, China is yet to face strong international action for it repression of minorities.
It should also be noted that this is the strongest condemnation by any country regarding the atrocities committed by China in the Xinjiang region. The Trump administration has come in strong criticism for its various actions domestically, however, this administration will long be remembered on taking some strong calls on hurting China, including waging a trade war, escalating relations with Taiwan, making China accountable for Covid pandemic and giving a final blow on Administration’s final day by taking Chinese human rights violations in Xinjiang to the global agenda.