Biden calls China’s President Xi for the first time since taking office

Biden calls China’s President Xi for the first time since taking office

Lintao Zhang

Biden calls China’s President Xi for the first time since taking office

Joe Biden (l.) And Xi Jinping 2013

US President Joe Biden (78) raised the human rights situation in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and the Xinjiang Province in his first phone call with Chinese President Xi Jinping (67) since he took office.

 The  White House said on Wednesday that Biden had “underlined his fundamental concern about Beijing’s restrictive and unfair economic practices, the crackdown in Hong Kong and human rights violations in Xinjiang.” Biden also addressed China’s behavior in the Indo-Pacific region.

Suggestions for military strategy towards China

Biden had previously announced the establishment of a working group on the future dealings with China at the US Department of Defense.  The  task force should therefore submit proposals for a military strategy towards China within four months. “We have to face the growing challenges posed by China in order to maintain peace and defend our interests in the Indo-Pacific region and worldwide,” said Biden.

 The  rising superpower China is causing the USA increasing concern. Biden’s predecessor Donald Trump had tightened the course towards the government in Beijing, including in trade policy. Biden has initiated a departure from the politics of his predecessor in many areas; In terms of China policy, however, the new president basically wants to stick to a tough course.

Criticism of China

Beijing has come under international criticism for its dealings with the Muslim minority in the northwestern Chinese province of Xinjiang and the restriction of autonomy rights in Hong Kong. According to human rights organizations, at least one million Uyghurs and other Muslims are imprisoned in hundreds of detention camps in Xinjiang. Accordingly, they are being forced to give up their religion, culture and language, and in some cases are also mistreated.

Beijing also passed a so-called security law last year, which enables draconian crackdown on the democracy movement in Hong Kong.  The  law massively interferes with the autonomous status of the former British crown colony. It has already led to numerous arrests (AFP / euc)

Published: 02/11/2021, 4:39 a.m.
Last updated: February 11, 2021, 14 minutes ago

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