C-Fam.- The war of words between the United States and communist China continues apace.
The Trump administration has repeatedly condemned China’s treatment of Uighur Muslims, including coercive population control. China’s ambassador to the UN responded on Tuesday at the General Assembly social policy committee: “Put aside your arrogance and prejudice, and step back from the edge now.” Ambassador Zhang Jun called the US foreign policy “despicable” and accused the US government of committing war crimes.
The lively exchange was the latest in a series of heated diplomatic talks between the United States and China at the UN in recent weeks, including at the UN Security Council. Like the previous exchanges, it was coordinated in advance, showing that the diplomatic posture of the United States and China has moved to a permanent and open confrontation.
Last week, China told . the United States was trying to return the world to the “age of the jungle.”
This week, China accused the United States of covering up human rights abuses in the country. Jun spoke of “systematic racial discrimination and violence in America’s law enforcement and judicial systems” and drew attention to the Black Lives Matter protests across the United States in 2020. America “should allow its people to breathe,” he said.
US Ambassador to the UN Kelly Craft objected, calling Jun’s statement an “attempt to divert attention” from human rights abuses in China. “The world sees Beijing’s cruelty on display,” he said.
She reiterated her concern over the Communist Party of China’s use of forced abortion and sterilization in Uighur minorities, echoing the statement by US Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, delivered last week during a commemorative event in the 1995 Beijing Women’s Conference.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo attacked human rights abuses in China in a speech to the Florida Family Policy Institute.
Cuba issued a statement on behalf of 45 countries defending China, although the situation in Xinjiang has been widely characterized as “genocide.”
55 countries joined Pakistan in defending China’s prerogatives in Hong Kong. Although the Chinese Communist Party’s actions in Hong Kong violate its agreements with the United Kingdom, the statement called any attempts to interfere as violations of international law. As evidence of China’s remarkable increase in influence, this latest statement was joined by several Muslim-majority countries.
This strong show of support will help China to brag about its influence and strengthen the case it is building to be seen as a guarantor of multilateralism against unilateral action by the United States. As reported by ., the geopolitical tension between China and the United States is increasing rapidly.
By contrast, only 38 countries joined a statement led by the US, Germany and the UK on the same day denouncing the situation in Xinjiang and Hong Kong, the Uighur re-education camps and ‘forced birth control , including sterilization »of minorities in China. Germany’s statement, along with several EU countries, did not mention forced abortion.