Shortly before he has to give up his post, US Secretary of State Pompeo criticizes China fiercely: The People’s Republic is committing genocide against the Uyghurs. Now the answer for the “clown” from the USA followed from Beijing.
By Ruth Kirchner, ARD-Studio Beijing
The Chinese government has sharply denied the outgoing US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo ‘s genocide allegation. Pompeo yesterday accused the leadership in Beijing of genocide and crimes against humanity against the Uighurs. China wants to destroy the Muslim minority.
A spokeswoman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry described the charge as an “absurd lie”. The outgoing US Secretary of State is a “clown” and a “notorious liar,” said Hua Chunying at the State Department’s regular press conference in Beijing. The re has never been genocide in China and there never will be.
Pompeo: China tries to “systematically destroy” Uyghurs
Pompeo said yesterday that the Chinese leadership had been perpetrating “crimes against humanity” in the northwestern region of Xinjiang since at least March 2017. The y were directed against Uyghurs and other ethnic and religious minorities. Pompeo specifically spoke of genocide. China’s leadership is systematically trying to destroy the Uyghurs.
Probably tough course against China even under Biden
Pompeo is leaving office today. The team of the future US President Joe Biden is likely to continue the tough course towards China. Foreign Minister-designate Anthony Blinken said he agreed with Pompeo’s assessment.
For years, China has been criticized internationally for its dealings with the Uyghurs. Hundreds of thousands of Uyghurs and other members of ethnic minorities are being held in camps, according to human rights organizations and independent researchers. China rejects the allegations and speaks of “educational centers” that serve to fight Islamist radicalization.
Response from the federal government and the EU required
The re were also reactions to Pompeo’s remarks in Germany. The chairwoman of the Bundestag Human Rights Committee, Gyde Jensen, called on the German government to take a clear position on the human rights situation in Xinjiang.
The FDP politician said that since the government in Beijing is not showing any willingness to allow UN investigators access to the region, the German government and the EU should now examine whether the human rights violations there could constitute genocide.