Following the international backlash for reported human rights violations in Xinjiang province, Chinese authorities are trying to reverse the blame by shedding light on slavery.
During a press conference Thursday at the Chinese Embassy in Washington, Chinese spokeswoman Hua Chunying deflected questions about recent boycotts of big brands like Nike, Adidas and H&M after the United States under the President Trump, banned imports of cotton from Xinjiang in January.
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“Regarding the issue of ‘forced labor’ itself, the accusations leveled against Xinjiang by some Western countries, including the United States, are completely based on lies,” Hua told reporters on Thursday.
“Here is a photo of black slaves forced to work in cotton fields in the United States,” Hua, who came prepared with photos, told reporters. “Here is another picture of the cotton fields in Xinjiang, China where more than 70 percent of the cotton is harvested with machines. There is never ‘forced labor’ in cotton picking in Xinjiang.”
“Some are determined to bond [job opportunity] with forced labor and oppression because they themselves have been doing it for hundreds of years in history, “she continued.” They presume the behavior of others based on their own experience. “
China has recently developed a defense tactic in an attempt to reverse the oppressive accusations against it by raising issues of American social justice.
A senior Chinese diplomat criticized the United States at a controversial US-China summit in Alaska, saying “there are many issues in the United States regarding human rights.” , and called Black Lives Matter “deeply rooted”.
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Secretary of State Anthony Blinken reported on reported abuses in Hong Kong, Taiwan and against Uyghurs, an ethnic Muslim minority in Xinjiang.
The highlight of slavery in the US pass comes after the US, along with other Western countries, imposed new sanctions on the People’s Republic of China (PRC) for human rights violations man committed against the Uyghurs.
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President Biden himself has not called the abuses committed by the PRC genocide, but in a statement on Monday Blinken accused China of continuing “to commit genocide and crimes against humanity in Xinjiang.”
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