(CNSNews.com) — On numerous occasions, even during his Senate confirmation hearing, Secretary of State Antony Blinken has stated that Communist China is committing genocide.
During that confirmation hearing on Jan. 19, 2021, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) asked Blinken, “Secretary [Mike] Pompeo designated the Chinese Communist Party as having engaged in genocide regarding the Uyghur Muslim population, do you agree with that?”
Blinken responded, “That would be my judgment as well, yes.”
On March 30, 2021, in the preface to the 2020 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices, Secretary Blinken wrote, “Too many people continued to suffer under brutal conditions in 2020. In China, government authorities committed genocide against Uyghurs, who are predominantly Muslim, and crimes against humanity including imprisonment, torture, enforced sterilization, and persecution against Uyghurs and members of other religious and ethnic minority groups.”
On April 11, 2021, Blinken appeared on Meet the Press where he was asked, “How do you justify doing business with China, or any country, that you believe is committing genocide?”
“When it comes to what we are seeing from the government in Beijing, including with regard to the Uyghurs and the actions taken in Xinjiang, yes I think that’s exactly the right description,” said Blinken. “And we need to be able to do a few things.”
“We need to be able to bring the world together and speaking with one voice in condemning what has taken place and what continues to take place,” he added. “We need to take actually concrete actions to make sure, for example, that none of our companies are providing China with things they can use to repress the populations, including the Uyghur population. We need to be looking at products that are made in that part of China to make that they are not coming here.”
On April 12, 2022, Blinken held a press briefing about the release of the 2021 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices. He said, “The Chinese government continues to commit genocide and crimes against humanity in Xinjiang against predominantly Muslim Uyghurs, among other minority groups, to erode fundamental freedoms and autonomy in Hong Kong, and to carry out systematic repression in Tibet.”
On May 26, 2022, Blinken spoke at George Washington University on the Biden administration’s approach to the People’s Republic of China. In this address, Blinken said, “The United States stands with countries and people around the world against the genocide and crimes against humanity happening in the Xinjiang region, where more than a million people have been placed in detention camps because of their ethnic and religious identity.”
On June 2, 2022, Blinken and Rashad Hussain, Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom, held a joint press briefing on the 2021 Report on International Religious Freedom.
At that event, Blinken said, “China continues its genocide and repression of predominately Muslim Uyghurs and other religious minority groups. Since April 2017, more than one million Uyghurs, ethnic Kazakhs, Kyrgyz and others have been detained in internment camps in Xinjiang. The PRC continues to harass adherents of other religions that it deems out of line with Chinese Community Party doctrine, including by destroying Buddhist, Christian, Islamic, and Taoist houses of worship and by erecting barriers to employment and housing for Christians, Muslims, Tibetan Buddhists, and Falun Gong practitioners.”
On Jan. 31, 2023, Blinken presented remarks to the International Religious Freedom Summit. “This past November, I named a dozen nations as ‘Countries of Particular Concern’ because of their egregious violations of religious freedom, from Russian authorities raiding and brutally beating Jehovah’s Witnesses to the People’s Republic of China perpetrating an ongoing genocide against predominantly Muslim Uyghurs.”
(On Nov. 30, 2022, the Secretary of State designated the following countries as “Countries of Particular Concern”: Burma, People’s Republic of China, Cuba, Eritrea, Iran, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan.
(On Sept. 1, 2022, Blinken issued a statement about a U.N. Human Rights Report on the Human Rights Situation in Xinjiang. He said, “This report deepens and reaffirms our grave concern regarding the ongoing genocide and crimes against humanity that PRC government authorities are perpetrating against Uyghurs, who are predominantly Muslim, and members of other ethnic and religious minority groups in Xinjiang.”)
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