Within the wake of worldwide backlash for reported human rights abuses within the Xinjiang province, Chinese language officers are trying to reverse the blame by shining a lightweight on slavery.
In a Thursday press convention on the Chinese language embassy in Washington, Chinese language spokesperson Hua Chunying, deflected questions concerning latest boycotts on large title manufacturers like Nike, Adidas and H&M after the U.S., below President Trump, banned cotton imports from Xinjiang in January.
“As for the difficulty of ‘pressured labor’ itself, the accusations towards Xinjiang made by some Western nations, together with the U.S., are completely primarily based on lies,” Hua instructed reporters Thursday.
“Here’s a image of black slaves being pressured to work in cotton fields within the US,” Hua, who got here ready with photographs, demonstrated to reporters. “Right here is one other image of cotton fields in China’s Xinjiang the place greater than 70 p.c of the cotton is picked with machines. There may be by no means ‘pressured labor’ in choosing cotton in Xinjiang.”
“Some are bent on linking [job opportunity] with pressured labor and oppression as a result of they’ve been doing this themselves for a whole lot of years in historical past,” she continued. “They’re presuming others’ habits primarily based on their very own expertise.”
China has lately developed a protection tactic of attempting to show round accusations of oppression towards it by mentioning U.S. social justice points.
A high Chinese language diplomat criticized the U.S. throughout a contentious U.S.-China summit in Alaska, saying “there are various issues inside the USA concerning human rights,” and referred to as Black Lives Matter a “deep-seated” subject.
Secretary of State Anthony Blinken pointed to reported abuses in Hong Kong, Taiwan and towards the Uighurs, an ethnic Muslim minority group in Xinjiang.
The highlighting of slavery within the U.S. cross comes after the U.S., together with different western nations, imposed contemporary sanctions on the Folks’s Republic of China (PRC) over reported human rights violations dedicated towards the Uighurs.
President Biden himself has not categorised the abuses by the PRC as genocide, however in a Monday assertion, Blinken accused China of continuous “to commit genocide and crimes towards humanity in Xinjiang.”