Antony Blinken, US Secretary of State, talked about having to his Chinese counterpart Yang Jiechi about the international concern regarding several human rights violations in the Xinjiang, Tibet, and Hong Kong regions. He also warned China that they will be held accountable for these violations that damage the sanctity and the dignity of the global community.
This is the first direct talk that any US government official has officially held with the Chinese since President Joe Biden took office on January 20.
China has, in the last few years, constantly been in the western news outlets where it has received widespread condemnation over the several human rights violations that are happening in the Tibet region and also as of late, because of its policy of mass detention of Uighurs and other minorities in the Xinjiang Province.
In Hong Kong too, the situation has become very fragile since China imposed a new law against political dissent in lieu of the major protests that had been happening there.
A US State Department spokesperson commented, “Secretary Blinken stressed the United States will continue to stand up for human rights and democratic values, including in Xinjiang, Tibet, and Hong Kong, and pressed China to join the international community in condemning the military coup in Burma.”
In my call with my counterpart in Beijing, Yang Jiechi, I made clear the U.S. will defend our national interests, stand up for our democratic values, and hold Beijing accountable for its abuses of the international system.
— Secretary Antony Blinken (@SecBlinken) February 6, 2021