In a harsh op-ed, Florida Senator, Marco Rubio invoked President Joe Biden to dismiss United States Special Presidential Envoy for Climate - John Kerry, also known as a climate tsar that loves to use his private jet, although he is the last person who should do that.
Rubio’s move came after information leaked to the public that Kerry owns a million-dollar stake in the Chinese company Hillhouse China Value Fund L.P.
The troubling fact is that Hillhouse China Value Fund L.P. transfers money to businesses that are on the U.S. blacklist for abusing Uighur Muslim’s rights.
Stand by Kerry or burry him
In his statement, Rubio said President Biden has two options - either stand by the man who profits from slave labor or dismiss him.
Rubio explains that the choice in this situation should be quite clear and obvious, as it is, but also pointed out that part of the Biden administration and some of the Democrats are eager to reach a climate agreement with the Chinese Communist Party.
In light of the above, Rubio believes Kerry should be disqualified from climate change talks with China, if nothing, for the obvious conflict of interest.
The company in which Kerry and his wife have an investment (through a trust) owns a significant stake in YITU Technology.
In 2019, YITU Technology was blacklisted by the US Department of Commerce for participating in a Chinese campaign of repression, arbitrary detention, and high-tech surveillance of Uighurs, Kazakhs, and other members of minority Muslim groups.
The administration of then-President Trump accused the company of allowing human rights violations.
Senator Rubio stressed that President Biden must decide for whom and what is he fighting for, stating that his failure to respond to this situation gives cover to Marxists in America and China whilst American workers and their families continue to suffer.
Rubio did not stop there, as he accused Kerry of fighting the adoption of the Uyghur Forced Labor Act, which would ban the importation into the United States of goods from China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (where most Uighurs reside) that are produced by slave labor.
Rubio said he had already warned Biden in late September about this issue, saying his administration quietly lobbied against the measure.
Is Kerry untouchable?
Reports say Kerry has had heated discussions with other members of the administration over the merits of pressing to be exerted on Beijing in relation to human rights violations.
In this op-ed, Rubio added that Kerry was working against his legislation and that he persuaded President Joe Biden to remain silent about the bill.
Kerry has already been criticized for his statements in an interview with Bloomberg News when he stated that life is full of difficult decisions and relationships between nations.
The New York Times published an article in 2019 revealing how China uses technology companies to develop artificial intelligence, which is then used to monitor Uighurs and other minority groups.
One of the companies working on such AI systems is - you guessed it - Kerry’s YITU partners.
China is home to 12 million Uighur Muslims.
Human rights groups have accused PRC of forcibly holding more than a million Uighurs captive in state-run camps.
International reports also state that in these camps people are exploited for slave labor, forced sterilization, and mental, physical, and sexual abuse.
China has rejected all these accusations, emphasizing that these camps serve to fight Islamic extremism and reintegrate people into society.