Biden says China to pay price for human rights abuses

Biden says China to pay price for human rights abuses
Biden has also voiced concern about Beijing’s 'coercive and unfair' trade practices. Source: Reuters
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Daily US Times: US President Joe Biden has said that China will pay a price for its human rights abuses, responding to queries at a televised event on China’s handling of Muslim minorities in its far western region of Xinjiang.

President Xi Jinping of China has drawn global criticism for holding the minority Uighurs in internment camps and other human rights abuses.

“Well, there will be repercussions for China and he knows that,” Biden said of the Chinese president when pressed on the issue at the town hall event televised on national broadcaster CNN on Tuesday.

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.

“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,” the US president said on his first official trip since taking office as president in January.

Mr Biden added: “As long as they are engaged in activity that is contrary to basic human rights, it is going to be hard for them to do that.”

In a two-hour phone call with President Xi this month, Biden emphasised the US priority of preserving a free and open Indo-Pacific region, where China and the US are major strategic rivals.

President Biden also voiced concern about China‘s “coercive and unfair” trade practices and Human rights issues, such as its Xinjiang internments and Hong Kong crackdown, and increasingly assertive actions in Asia, including towards Taiwan, which China claims as its own.

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