Foreign Minister Antony Blinken has criticized China for the lack of transparency in the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic and the genocide campaign against the Uighur Muslim community, but will not pledge to boycott the Winter Olympics. 2022 is held in China.
“I think China knows that in the early stages of COVID, they didn’t do what it needed to do, which is to grant international experts in real-time to share information in real-time to providing real transparency, ”Blinken said in an interview with NBC News’ “Meet the press” aired on Sunday.
“And one result of that failure was that the vaccine – the virus, the apology – got out of the hand faster and in my opinion the result was far more serious than what could have been,” he continued. .
Blinken said the consequences of China’s inaction create a case for a “stronger global health security system” to ensure outbreaks like coronavirus never happen again and if they do. allows states to share information “to minimize it, to bypass it.
“That means having a real commitment to transparency, to information sharing, to the accessibility of experts. It means strengthening the World Health Organization, and reforming it so it can do that, ”Blinken said.
“And China has to play a role in that,” he said.
In the spring of 2020, the US intelligence community concluded that Beijing had lied to the world about the coronavirus’s human-to-human transmission, downplaying its severity and refusing to transfer microscopic samples. Withdrawal so that the West can make the vaccine after the first time. Cases were reported in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December 2019.
China has also vanished critics of Beijing’s response.
The Biden administration imposed sanctions on China in March for crimes against humanity and genocide for detaining millions of Muslim minority Uighurs in detention centers. Xinjiang.
The Uighurs endured systematic torture and forced labor.
In an interview with NBC, host Chuck Todd asked if the US and other Western countries would not participate in the 2022 Winter Olympics to send a message to China about its human rights abuses.
“We haven’t been there yet. This is a year or so before the Olympics. We are not focusing on a boycott. What our focus is on is talking, consulting closely with our allies and partners, listening to them, listening to concerns. But it was too soon, ”he said.
Todd asks Blinken why the US is still doing business with the Communist Party-run country.
“I need to be able to do a few things. We need to be able to bring the world together with one voice in condemning what has happened and what continues to happen. “ We need to take really concrete action to make sure none of our companies provide China with things they can use to suppress the population, including the population, ” he said. Uyghur number.
Blinken stressed that Washington had to ensure that any product produced by forced labor in detention centers would not be released to the US market.
“We also have to make sure we’re addressing all of our interests. And what is the best way to effectively promote our interests and values? And when it comes to China, we must be able to deal with China in the areas where those interests are relevant and demand to work with China, even if we are steadfast against the serious violations of human rights or in this case acts of genocide, ”he said.