While Washington has previously cleared officials on Xinjiang and forcibly blocked some labor-related imports, Tuesday’s announcement is the first time it has officially used the term genocide.
The massacre is, according to the United Nations, “intended to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnic, racial or religious group.” The announcement, without any automatic penalties, is a rare move for the US government, which has historically shown some hesitation in attaching the genocide designation to the ongoing crisis.
And it would fall to the new Biden administration, which is supporting calling the situation in Xinjiang to act on the issue, or aggressively trying to “reset” it on its terms in the face of Beijing.
Millward reported that the Trump administration blocked several attempts by Congress to act on Xinjiang as president in both 2018 and 2019, as the president signed a trade deal with China, while Pompeo brought to light by reporters Demanded to take credit for exposing the atrocities. And researcher “years before Trump’s ‘good friend’ flipped over Xi.”
More than anything else, Pompeo’s final shot at Beijing’s bow appears to be an attempt to tie the hands of the incoming administration.
Reset with conditions
Beijing, trying to influence Biden’s policy, should continue with a staunch stance towards its predecessor China, indicating a possible negotiation as well as possible consequences.
The Chinese state-run media has been celebrating the end of the Trump administration in recent times.
Hours before Trump was due to leave the White House for the last time, the state’s news agency Xinhua tweeted in English with an image of the US Congress, “Good riddance, Donald Trump!”
The measures prevent former officials “and their immediate family members” from entering China, Hong Kong and Macao, and prevent them “and the companies and institutions associated with them” from doing business with China. Think tanks or consultancy businesses focused on China may deter those approving lucrative post-administration roles, an idea that Beijing hopes will influence incoming Biden officials against taking strict positions on these issues.
Speaking on Wednesday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hua Chunying “blamed Pompeo and other anti-China Communist forces for promoting” various misconceptions on Xinjiang-related matters. ”
“President Biden has repeatedly emphasized the word unity in his inauguration speech,” the spokesman said. “I think this is what current Sino-US relations need. Because in the last four years, some anti-China politicians in America have lied a lot and provoked a lot of hatred and division for personal gain. “
Just how the Biden administration handles the issue of Xinjiang could be a major test of this relationship. If Blinken is serious about retaining his predecessor designation, it will likely be followed by additional sanctions, or international action of some sort, otherwise Washington accepts an ongoing genocide and stands up as it happens. is.
But the way Pompeo made the announcement, international action may be underestimated.
Nor has the wider international community shown any hurry to take action on this issue.
The European jurist Guy Verhomesta said at the time that the Brussels story is pure horror, describing the strong promises contained in the deal. Brussels story We are ready to sign an investment treaty with China. “In these circumstances no Chinese signature on human rights is worth the paper it is written on.”
Biden may have more influence in both Brussels and London than Trump, and he certainly spoke of the need to rebuild America’s international standing four years after Trump. But whether it advocates its position for action on Xinjiang or a tight line on China in general, remains to be seen.