President Trump, with only hours left in office, has pre-empted Joe Biden in the form of declaring China’s mistreatment of the Uighurs genocide. Here’s the story from The New York Times.
WASHINGTON — The State Department declared on Tuesday that the Chinese government is committing genocide and crimes against humanity through its wide-scale repression of Uighurs and other mostly Muslim ethnic minorities in its northwestern region of Xinjiang, including in its use of internment camps and forced sterilization, American officials said.
The move is expected to be the Trump administration’s final action on China, made on its last full day, and is the culmination of a yearslong debate over how to punish what many consider Beijing’s worst human rights abuses in decades. Relations between the countries have deteriorated over the past four years, and the new finding adds to a long list of tension points. Foreign policy officials and experts across the political spectrum in the United States say China will be the greatest challenge for any administration for years or decades to come.
This is really big, mostly because it limits Biden’s ability to completely normalize relations with China again. Previously, Biden’s team (and his chosen appointments) have signaled a warming of relations was coming, and that some return to the status quo was imminent. It’s harder to rationalize that when the United States is accusing China of genocide. At the very least, Trump is tying one hand behind Biden’s back, and this will make it tougher to turn the clock back to how things were pre-Trump.
China is the United States’ most dangerous enemy, and it’s not really close. Anyone still ranting about Russia missed the boat long ago. China is far more powerful, with far more resources to influence the world stage. We’ve already seen their expansionism invade places like Africa and South America. They have no eye on stopping either. Then there’s the coronavirus debacle, of which there’s more and more evidence that it escaped from a lab. Millions of people are dead because the Chinese tried to cover up their own actions. In short, there’s zero reason to do anything but shun the communist nation going forward.