The US President will personally attend the meeting of advanced economies in the UK in June, where he is expected to raise the Uighurs issue.
A top White House official has announced that the US will urge its Group of Seven allies to increase pressure on China over the use of forced labor in its northwestern Xinjiang province. of the Muslim Uighur minority.
US President Joe Biden will personally attend a meeting of G7 advanced economies in the UK in June, where he is expected to focus on what he sees as strategic rivalry between democracies and more authoritarian states, especially China.
Daleep Singh, Biden’s deputy national security adviser and deputy director of the National Economic Council, said Friday that the G7 meeting in Cornwall will focus on health security, a synchronized economic response. with the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change-specific actions, and “enhancing shared democratic values in the G7”.
“These are like-minded allies, and we want to take concrete and concrete actions that demonstrate our willingness to cooperate with non-market economies, such as China,” Singh, who is helping to coordinate the meeting, told Reuters news agency in an interview.
“The big challenge for the G7 is to show that open societies, democratic societies still have the best chance of solving the biggest problems in our world, and that the autocratic regimes still have the best chance of solving the problems. Top-down rights are not the best route ”.
Mr. Singh said Washington has taken strong action against China for its human rights abuses in Xinjiang, but will seek to expand efforts with G7 allies.
Joint sanctions on Chinese officials allegedly abused in the province were announced last month by the US, the European Union, the UK and Canada.
China has denied all allegations of abuse and has responded with its own sanctions against the EU.
Biden’s first overseas trip
The details are still being discussed ahead of the meeting, Singh said, but the summit provided an opportunity for US allies to show solidarity on the issue.
“We have made it clear our view that our consumers deserve to know when the goods they import are made with forced labor,” he said. “Our values need to be passed on to our transactional relationships.”
Washington will look to the G7, he said, to take clear steps “to uplift our shared values, as democracy and that certainly applies to what’s going on in the country. Xinjiang”.
UN rights activists and experts say at least one million Muslims have been detained in camps in Xinjiang.
Western activists and some politicians have accused China of using torture, forced labor, and sterilization. China says its camps provide vocational training and are necessary to fight extremism.
The White House on Friday said Mr Biden will also travel to Belgium in June for his first overseas trip since taking office, as well as the UK, including a stopover at the G7 Summit in Cornwall June 11-13.