China’s Overseas Ministry accused the White Home of mendacity on Friday when it claimed President Biden mentioned the genocide and enslavement of Uyghur Muslims together with his Beijing counterpart, Xi Jinping, on Thursday.
Press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre informed reporters hours after the decision that Biden had “raised genocide and compelled labor practices by the [People’s Republic of China].”
“That’s one thing that he raised about human rights, as he at all times does,” she mentioned. “That is, as we’ve mentioned, that anytime the president has a possibility, he raises that when he meets with one other chief, and known as on [the] PRC to stop its ongoing human rights abuses throughout China.”
When requested how Xi had responded, the press secretary mentioned: “They must reply on their very own. I can not communicate for President Xi.”
Chinese language Overseas Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijan responded by blasting the administration in a Friday press convention.
“I can let you know that allegations of ‘genocide’ and ‘pressured labor’ in Xinjiang are pure lies,” Zhao mentioned. “You mentioned the White Home press secretary claimed that ‘genocide’ and ‘pressured labor’ got here up in final night time’s name. That’s disinformation.”
Neither nation’s official readout of the decision talked about the Uyghurs, with the US assertion saying solely that the 2 leaders “mentioned a variety of points necessary to the bilateral relationship and different regional and international points.”
“I’m not going to get right into a forwards and backwards with a PRC authorities spokesperson,” a Nationwide Safety Council spokesman informed The Put up Friday. “The president raised issues about human rights with President Xi, as he at all times does. He was crystal clear about his issues. He additionally raised the necessity to resolve the circumstances of Americans who’re wrongfully detained or topic to exit bans in China.”
China has lengthy been accused of human rights abuses within the northwestern Xinjiang area, the place Uyghurs are held below horrendous situations whereas present process systematic torture and compelled sterilizations.
In December of final yr, Biden signed off on the Uyghur Pressured Labor Prevention Act, which prohibits the importation of products from the Xinjiang area except the importer can show they weren’t manufactured utilizing pressured labor.
Biden selected to not signal the invoice on digital camera. Nonetheless, then-White Home press secretary Jen Psaki insisted the transfer wasn’t to spare China embarrassment.
“He indicators payments on digital camera. Off digital camera generally, generally on digital camera,” Psaki mentioned. “We assist the invoice and clearly we’ve been main the hassle on this planet to name out human rights abuses.”