With the chapter of the Trump Presidency now over, one of the most remarkable achievements of the past four years must be the reshaping of our stance on the People’s Republic of China. On his way out of the State Department, Mike Pomeope made a monumental announcement, that China is conducting a “genocide” on the Uyghurs.
Pompeo further stated that the United States will take the stance that the treatment of the over 1 million Uyghurs is a “crime against humanity.” America is the first country to adopt these terms, but it will likely be far from the last.
In his press conference, Secretary Pompeo stated, “After careful examination of the available facts, I have determined that since at least March 2017, the People’s Republic of China (PRC), under the direction and control of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), has committed crimes against humanity against the predominantly Muslim Uyghurs and other members of ethnic and religious minority groups in Xinjiang.”
Pompeo states that the “crimes are ongoing.” Last December, Secretary Pompeo organized a board to review the treatment China is conducting on the Uygurs. Their results aren’t surprising, finding that China was guilty of crimes including the arbitrary imprisonment of over 1 million people, forced sterilization, torture, forced labor, and “Restrictions on religious freedom, freedom of expression and freedom of movement.”
China’s mistreatment of its people, and especially its minority groups, has been one of the most disgusting behaviors a state has done in recent memory, similar only to Nazi Germany, or the Ottoman Empire under the nationalist Young Turks. It conducts a systemic program of destroying the cultures, languages, and identities of its minority groups. Ultimately taking their lives if they don’t comply with the state. This is a great first step, but we have yet to see how the incoming Biden administration will go from here.
China’s recent history is quite complicated, being divided by foreign powers, and then by warlords until it was unified by the Republic of China. The republic respected its minority groups, but only ruled until a few years after the Second World War, from there they would be exiled to the island of Taiwan. The Communist Party would take over the mainland, including non-Chinese nations, and the rest was history.
Recently, these nations have risen with a new voice against their oppressors including a coalition of Mongols, Uygurs, Tibetans amongst others. They are calling out their oppressors similarly to how eastern European rose against the Soviets all those decades ago. This list is likely to grow, not only of those groups living within China but as well as the neighbor’s China continues to bully in the South China Sea.
In the past, Biden has shown a far more positive relationship with Beijing. Unlike the Trump administration, Biden views China more as a competitor rather than an advisory. President Trump’s advisory stance such as bringing us into a trade war and this new designation has fundamentally changed our relationship with China. In many ways, this will force the Biden Administrations’s hand to act against Beijing, even if it is lighter than the fists thrown by Trump.
Even now, we see incoming Secretary of State Anthony Blinken agree with the stance that China is indeed committing genocide. Bliken further even agrees with the belief that Trump’s administration’s hard stance against China was the right way to go. Actions, of course, speak louder than words, so it remains up in the air how President Biden will act with Beijing.
Nevertheless, this last action by now-former Secretary Pompeo is an amazing first step to set a precedent when it comes to interacting with China and bringing it to justice. It forces the hand of the Biden administration to act on this symbolic message, and ensure at the very least that they continue to send that message loud and clear.
President Joe Biden will hopefully be far different than Senator and then Vice President Biden. He will most definitely take a stronger stance against Beijing, and hopefully, continue to keep America as the leading nation that exposes the Chinese Communist Party for the evil group it is. China has looked at the Soviet Union, and other communist nations to learn from their mistakes. Unlike them, China will not change if left to rot alone.
To make a change on the mainland, the West must take action, and America must be the nation to lead the call.
The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.