With China’s growing expansionism and crackdown against the ethnic community, Hong Kong and Tibetans, the US Secretary of State Antony Blinken pressed Beijing against its move.
Following a telephonic conversion with his Chinese counterpart, Yang Jiechi, the first high-level interplay between the two countries since Joe Biden became President, Blinken stated that he warned Beijing about holding it “accountable for its abuses”.
He tweeted, “I made clear the US will defend our national interests, stand up for our democratic values, and hold Beijing accountable for its abuses of the international system.”
During the call, Blinken conveyed that Washington “will continue to stand up for human rights and democratic values, including in Xinjiang, Tibet, and Hong Kong,” and will hold Beijing accountable for its abuses of the international system.
Amid the ongoing military coup in Myanmar, the top US diplomat also pressed China “to join the international community in condemning the military coup in Burma.”
The tough stand comes after Blinken confirmed that he would continue former President Donald Trump’s approach to China. He also agreed Beijing is carrying out genocide in the western region of Xinjiang, where rights groups say more than one million Uighurs and other mostly Muslim Turkish-speaking people have been rounded up in camps.
The Biden administration had earlier informed China to cease intimidating Taiwan, days after Chinese fighter jets and bombers entered the nation’s air defence zone and simulated assaults on a US plane service group.
During a speech on foreign policy, Joe Biden had informed that while US would “confront” China, it is also “ready to work with Beijing when it’s in America’s interest to do so.”