Secretary of State Antony Blinken says he stands by Mike Pompeo's designation that China committed genocide against the Uighurs
- Mike Pompeo announced on January 19 that he considered
China's treatment of UighurMuslims genocide.
- His successor
Antony Blinkensaid Wednesday he agrees with that designation.
- But it's not clear if the US will punish China as a result of that judgment.
Antony Blinken, President Joe Biden's newly-confirmed secretary of state, said Wednesday that he stands by his Republican predecessor's designation of China as committing genocide against the Uighur Muslims.
In his most extreme rebuke of Beijing as secretary of state, Mike Pompeo said on January 19 that "we are witnessing the systematic attempt to destroy Uighurs by the Chinese party-state" in the western Chinese region of
At the Wednesday press conference, Blinken said that he was not aware of reports that Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Biden's pick for UN ambassador, said that the State Department was reviewing Pompeo's off-the-cuff designation of China as perpetrating genocide.Thomas-Greenfield had said earlier that day that the department was reviewing the classification as "all of the procedures were not followed," according to Reuters. "They're looking to make sure that they are followed to ensure that that designation is held," she added.
Blinken did not say whether the US would pursue extra punitive actions against China as a result of the designation.according to the BBC.
"We hope the new US administration can have their own reasonable and cool-minded judgment of Xinjiang issues."
On January 20, the day of Biden's inauguration, the Chinese government barred Pompeo and a number of other Trump administration officials from entering China and Hong Kong or doing business with Chinese companies.Read more: How Trump could mount a presidential campaign even if he's banned from office
"The relationship between the US and China is arguably the most important relationship that we have in the world going forward," he said."It's going to shape a lot of the future that - that we all live, and increasingly that relationship has some adversarial aspects to it."
- Notified new policy on rare diseases, approved budget of Rs 25 crore for treatment: Centre to HC
- Former PM Manmohan Singh admitted to AIIMS after testing positive for COVID-19
- If you are 18 years or older, you can get a COVID-19 vaccine from May 1
- India is promoting a new internet protocol— the government is offering help for websites to migrate
- SaaS unicorn Druva, which manages data for NASA, Pfizer, and GameStop, raises $147 million; valuation crosses $2 billion