US President Biden said on Tuesday that China will have to face the consequences of human rights violations.
Biden said at CNN City Hall: “The US must speak up on human rights abuses and that there will be repercussions for China, and (Xi Jinping) knows that”.
CNN quoted Biden as saying: “What I’m doing is, making it clear that, we, in fact, are going to continue to reassert our role as spokespersons for human rights at the UN and other agencies that have an impact on their attitude”.
In a phone call to President Xi Jinping, Biden continued to explain what he told Chinese leaders about human rights violations and the US position.
“I point out to him no American President can be sustained as a President if he doesn’t reflect the values of the United States. And so the idea is, that I am not going to speak out against what he’s doing in Hong Kong, what he’s doing with the Uyghurs in the western mountains of China and Taiwan trying to end the one-China policy by making it forceful…he gets, it culturally there are different norms that each country and that leaders are expected to follow,” Biden said.
“China is trying very hard to become the world leader. And to get that moniker and be able to do that they have to gain the confidence of other countries. And as long as they are engaged in an activity that is contrary to basic human rights, it’s going to be hard for them to do that,” Bye Deng said, adding that the issue and China’s policy are generally more complicated than “much more complicated than that, I shouldn’t try to talk China policy in 10 minutes on television.”
President Biden elaborated on his government’s vaccine plan and distribution schedule, and he confirmed that the Covid-19 vaccine will be widely available to the public before the end of July. Biden said that to ensure that the country may return to normal before ‘next Christmas’, “By the end of July we’ll have over 600 million doses, enough to vaccinate every single American.”
When asked when he thinks the country will return to normal, President Biden said that he is careful about timing, but he pointed out that “next Christmas” is a moment when the country may be in a “very different circumstance”.
Biden said: “I’m not going to call names out, Look, for four years all that’s been in the news is Trump. For the next four years, I want to make sure all the news is the American people,” When asked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi commented that the Republican senator who voted to acquit former President Trump was a “cowards.”