China will pay a price for its human rights abuses, United States President Joe Biden has warned, showing the intention to set the US back in a global role abandoned by former President Donald Trump.
Saying the US would reassert its global role in speaking up for human rights, Biden emphasised to China the priority of preserving a free and open Indo-Pacific region.
He was responding to queries during a televised event on China’s bullying and persecution of Muslim minorities in its far western region of Xinjiang.
Today, Worldfuture carried a story on China’s bullying of another Muslim community in the city of Sanya.
Chinese President Xi Jinping is facing criticism for holding the minority Uyghurs in internment camps.
China has rejected all claims that it is torturing the Muslims or curbing their rights. It says its plan to stop radicalisation in Xinjiang is working through the camps.
“Well, there will be repercussions for China and he knows that,” Mr Biden said of Mr Xi on CNN.
“China is trying very hard to become a world leader and to get that moniker and be able to do that they have to gain the confidence of other countries,” Mr Biden said on his first official trip since taking office as President in January.
‘A very personal thing for me’
“As long as they are engaged in activities that are contrary to basic human rights, it is going to be hard for them to do that,” he adds.