United States President Joe Biden on Tuesday warned that China will pay a price for its human rights abuses.
He stated this while responding to queries, at a town hall event, on the Asian nation’s handling of Muslim minorities in its far western region of Xinjiang.
Chinese President Xi Jinping has been widely criticised 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 Xi, at the event televised on broadcaster CNN.
He stated that the US will reassert its global role in speaking up for human rights, 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 American president said.
“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 Xi earlier in February, Biden expressed concern about China’s “coercive and unfair” trade practices and rights issues, such as its Hong Kong crackdown, the Xinjiang internments, and increasingly assertive actions in Asia, including toward Taiwan, which China claims as its own.