Biden administration says it is “reviewing” Trump’s designation of Chinese genocide against Uighurs

by Peter Heck · Jan 28th, 2021 11:29 am

Last Updated Jan 29th, 2021 at 11:39 am

President Biden's administration is reportedly "reviewing" the Trump administration's designation of Chinese abuse of the Uighurs as genocide.

Declaring that he believed humanity was "witnessing the systematic attempt to destroy Uighurs by the Chinese party-state," Trump's Secretary of State Mike Pompeo characterized the situation as genocide just one day before leaving office. The explosive label received bipartisan affirmation.

His incoming counterpart, Biden Secretary of State Antony Blinken, spoke favorably of Pompeo's determination during his own Senate confirmation hearing.

"On the Uighurs, I think we're very much in agreement," he told members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Later, in his first official appearance as Secretary of State, Blinken reaffirmed his belief that Pompeo's designation was appropriate.

"My judgment remains that genocide is [being] committed against the Uighurs, and that hasn't changed," Blinken told reporters.

But appearing before that same Senate Foreign Relations Committee Wednesday, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, President Biden's nominee to become ambassador to the United Nations, said that the "genocide" label is being reviewed.

"The State Department is reviewing that now because all of the procedures were not followed," Thomas-Greenfield said. "I think they're looking to make sure they are followed to ensure that that designation is held."

🔦 The discovery of mass detention camps, coupled with video and eye-witness testimony of atrocities being carried out by the Chinese Communist regime against the Uighurs, has drawn condemnation from human rights activists around the world.


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