There are currently mountains of credible evidence that the Chinese government is perpetrating all sorts of monstrous human rights abuses, including the running of concentration and re-education camps, organ harvesting from political dissidents and the forced sterilization of certain stigmatized groups.
Among the most heavily stigmatized and persecuted groups in China have been the Uyghur Muslims.
But when the question of what China is doing to the Uyghurs came up during a CNN town hall on Feb. 16, Biden dismissed these outrages as the product of “different norms” and cultural differences.
The World Uyghur Congress, a human rights organization set up to bring attention to what China is doing to Uyghurs and to attempt to assist them in their plight, was outraged at Biden’s mealy-mouthed response and has condemned it in the harshest terms.
World Uyghur Congress Condemns Biden
In addition to waving off what is being done to the Uyghurs as the product of cultural differences, Biden also said during his CNN town hall, “I’m not going to speak out against what [Xi Jinping] is doing in Hong Kong, what he’s doing with the Uyghur in the western mountains of China and in Taiwan…”
Speaking to the Western Journal, the World Uyghur Congress pointed out that in the past, Biden had condemned the Uyghur genocide but that his statements on the matter have been markedly inconsistent and subject to changes in the blowing of political winds.
“[G]iven the previous comments and statements he and his Administration made about the Uyghur issue, we think that President Biden should be consistent in his film and clear condemnation of the Uyghur genocide.”
The Congress also added firmly that, “There should be no ambiguity around a genocide.”
As a further instance of the ambiguity, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki was asked back on Jan. 22 whether Biden’s new administration would uphold the policies of the Trump Administration on the Uyghur issue, which had been one of unequivocal condemnation. Though Psaki did give a token statement about the genocide being “horrific,” she ultimately dodged the question.
Back in August 2020, however, Biden did not shy away from describing what was being done to the Uyghurs as an act of genocide.
Therefore, Biden’s statements on the matter are entirely a function of shifting political fashions and alliances. This has drawn worries from those who have pointed out the extensive financial connections between Biden, his family and the Chinese regime.