White House welcomes UN report on human rights abuses in China, but Biden-Xi meeting still relevant

The White House said Thursday that President Biden would still meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping next week despite the favorable reception of a United Nations report outlining potential “crimes against humanity” by China in its crackdown on foreigners. Uyghurs and other predominantly Muslim ethnic groups.

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre gave a press briefing the day after the release of the 48-page UN report accusing China of serious human rights abuses.

The United States welcomes…this important report, which authoritatively describes the abhorrent treatment of the human rights of Uyghurs and other minority communities by the government of the People’s Republic of China,” Jean-Pierre said. “The report deepens our grave concern about the ongoing genocide. and the crimes against humanity that China is committing. Our position on the atrocities in Xinjiang has been clearly demonstrated by our words and in our actions.”

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The release of the report came amid preliminary plans for Biden and Xi to meet in person. The White House confirmed earlier this month that the two agreed to meet in person when they last spoke in July, but after weeks of heightened tension the two superpowers have yet to set a date.

Asked Thursday why a Biden-Xi meeting would be appropriate given the Chinese atrocities, Jean-Pierre said she had nothing to share.

“There is no process that I can talk about or share with you at this time,” Jean-Pierre said.

Human rights groups have accused China of dragging a million or more people from minority groups into detention camps where many said they were tortured, sexually assaulted and forced to give up their lives. language and their religion.

The camps were just part of what rights organizations called a ruthless campaign against extremism in the far western province of Xinjiang, which also included draconian birth control policies and comprehensive restrictions on the movement of people.

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Beijing denounced the UN report as a fabrication concocted by Western nations.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Amanda J. Marsh