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Sec. of State Mike Pompeo determines China’s crimes against Uighurs amount to ‘genocide’

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has determined that China’s “morally repugnant” treatment of the predominantly Muslim Uighurs and other ethnic minorities in the country’s Xinjiang region amounts to “crimes against humanity” and “genocide.”

Pompeo made the official determination in a State Department news release Tuesday, just one day before President-elect Joe Biden’s administration assumes power.

The Associated Press reported that the Biden administration has not publicly commented on the news yet, but noted Biden and members of his national security team have in the past expressed support for such a designation.

“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 wrote in the news release.

“These crimes are ongoing and include: the arbitrary imprisonment or other severe deprivation of physical liberty of more than one million civilians, forced sterilization, torture of a large number of those arbitrarily detained, forced labor, and the imposition of draconian restrictions on freedom of religion or belief, freedom of expression, and freedom of movement,” he continued.

“In addition, after careful examination of the available facts, I have determined that the PRC, under the direction and control of the CCP, has committed genocide against the predominantly Muslim Uyghurs and other ethnic and religious minority groups in Xinjiang,” Pompeo added. “I believe this genocide is ongoing, and that we are witnessing the systematic attempt to destroy Uyghurs by the Chinese party-state.”

Starting in 2017, reliable reports of ethnic cleansing and forced sterilization of Uighurs in Xinjiang started spreading, but Chinese officials continued to deny the accusations and hindered international observers from accessing the region.

Last summer, U.S. Customs and Border Protection seized 13 tons of human hair from China that the agency said pointed to “potential human right abuses of forced child labor and imprisonment” of the Uighur population.

Also last summer, even after being confronted with damning and disturbing drone footage showing hundreds of Uighurs with shaved heads being led bound and blindfolded onto trains by soldiers, the Chinese ambassador to the U.K. still denied claims of ethnic cleansing.

The determination from the State Department is the strongest denunciation made by any country regarding China’s actions and the latest in a series of blows the Trump administration has dealt against China of late. The move may also open the door to stricter sanctions against China under the Biden administration.

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‘If not a genocide, something close to it’ going on in China: US national security adviser; warns Taiwan of Chinese invasion

United States National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien delivered warnings regarding China on Friday, while also praising Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protesters. Speaking at a webinar hosted by the non-partisan Aspen Institute, O’Brien expressed concern over China’s iron-fisted rule in the Xinjiang region.

“If not a genocide, something close to it going on in Xinjiang,” O’Brien told the online audience. Xinjiang is home to millions of China’s ethnic minority of Uighur Muslims. The northwest region of China is also home to internment camps, which the Chinese Communist Party officially calls “vocational education and training centers.”

There could be as many as 3 million Uighur Muslims detained in the secret re-education camps, according to Randall Schriver, former U.S. assistant secretary of defense for Indo-Pacific Security Affairs.

O’Brien said, “The Chinese are literally shaving the heads of Uighur women and making hair products and sending them to the United States.”

O’Brien is citing the seizure of 13 tons of hair products worth more than $800,000 at the Port of New York/Newark by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection in June. The confiscation of human hair products, which originated from Xinjiang, points to “potential human rights abuses of forced child labor and imprisonment” by China.

O’Brien was also troubled by the crackdown of Hong Kong pro-democracy demonstrators by the Chinese government.

“Anyone who’s been to Hong Kong and spent time there, it’s sad what’s going to happen. Hong Kong has been fully absorbed into China,” O’Brien stated. “It’d be great if we had more immigrants from Hong Kong. They’re terrific people.”

The National Security Adviser also warned Taiwan to bolster its military to defend against a possible invasion by China.

“I think Taiwan needs to start looking at some asymmetric and anti-access area denial strategies and so on and really fortify itself in a manner that would deter the Chinese from any sort of amphibious invasion or even a gray zone operation against them,” O’Brien said at the event.

O’Brien added that China doesn’t want to do an amphibious landing on Taiwan, “It would be a hard operation for the Chinese to do.” He added an animal aphorism, “Lions generally don’t like to eat porcupines; they can, but they prefer not to.”

Earlier this week, the Trump administration informed Congress that it plans to sell advanced weapons systems to Taiwan.

“The U.S. sales involve the Lockheed Martin-made High Mobility Artillery Rocket System, a truck-mounted rocket launcher; the Boeing-made over-the-horizon, precision strike missile Standoff Land Attack Missile-Expanded Response; and external sensor pods for Taiwan’s F-16 jets,” as reported by Defense News.

Last month, the Trump administration announced they would sell 66 new F-16 fighter jets to Taiwan.

O’Brien said that Beijing would be forced to consider possible retaliation by the United States for China’s aggression. “We have a lot of tools in the toolkit that, if we got involved, could make that a very dangerous effort for China to engage in,” O’Brien said.

“China is truly the challenge for the United States for this generation,” O’Brien said, “I hope we’re not enemies, although I understand that Xi Jinping was telling his troops this morning to prepare for war.”

O’Brien is referring to Xi’s appearance at a military base near Shantou in the east of the province this week, where he reportedly told troops, “[You should] focus your minds and energy on preparing to go to war, and stay highly vigilant.”

These allegations come on the heels of the New York Post’s bombshell report that Hunter Biden allegedly pursued “lasting and lucrative” deals with a Chinese energy company that he said would be “interesting for me and my family.” A source familiar with the negotiation of the deal and who was one of the people included on the reported email claimed that Joe Biden was named in the email and would profit off the deal with CEFC China Energy Co.

China has been confronted about reported ethnic cleansing in the past, but has denied all wrongdoing. As seen on BlazeTV, Glenn Beck discussed leaked video that purportedly shows hundreds of shaven Uighur Muslims who are bound, blindfolded, and being boarded onto trains by soldiers.

Leaked video EXPOSES Uighur ethnic cleansing in China & AMBASSADOR tries to justify it