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Biden Urges G7 Allies to Hold China Accountable for Human-Rights Abuses

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, European Council President Charles Michel, President Joe Biden, Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Italy’s Prime Minister Mario Draghi, French President Emmanuel Macron, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and German Chancellor Angela Merkel pose for a group photo at the G7 summit, in Carbis Bay, Britain, June 11, 2021. ( Patrick Semansky/Pool via Reuters)

President Biden and the six other world leaders participating in the G7 summit in England this weekend shifted the conversation Saturday to countering China’s growing international influence and holding it accountable for its human-rights violations. The conference includes leaders from the U.S., Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, and Japan.

The nations are signed on to a new investment initiative, called the “infrastructure bank,” to funnel billions in funding to support the economic development of smaller countries. A major condition of the effort would outlaw any use of forced labor.

On Sunday, the final day of the summit, Biden lobbied the leaders to firmly condemn China’s human-rights abuses and exploitation of forced labor in a unified voice.

In Xinjang specifically, a territory in northwest China, the Chinese regime has been accused of removing tens of thousands of Uyghur Muslim minorities from their homes and transferring them to factories across nine provinces for industrial purposes including electronics, textiles and automobiles. Since 2017, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has detained over 1.8 million Uyghur Muslims in reeducation camps.

The Chinese government has also reportedly conducted a forced-birth-control campaign, including forced sterilization and abortion, against Uyghur women to limit the group’s reproduction in a fashion reminiscent of China’s infamous “one-child policy.” The CCP has also used family separations and torture against these minority populations while denying claims of inhumane treatment or wrongdoing.

During a phone call Friday with a Chinese counterpart, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken expressed an urgency to address what he called the “ongoing genocide and ethnic cleansing” of Chinese minorities in Xinjiang, according to Reuters.

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