(IntegrityMag.com) – China’s record on human rights and international relations has been questionable for a while now. The treatment of the country’s Uyghur population in the Xinjiang region and its increasingly hostile behavior toward the sovereign island of Taiwan have been causing alarm among foreign policy experts, and US leaders recently decided enough was enough.
Congress recently passed a law banning imports from the Xinjiang region, except for goods verified as not being products of forced labor. Also, the US and a number of other nations decided to boycott the 2022 Winter Olympics scheduled to take place in Beijing.
The Chinese aren’t taking these actions lying down. On Monday, December 20, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi gave a keynote speech, saying Beijing would be happy to engage in diplomatic cooperation with the United States, but Chinese leaders would equally confront their counterparts in Washington, DC if such an approach were necessary.
Chinese FM Wang Yi on ties with US:
– China would not fear confrontation with US
– Would welcome cooperation if it was mutually beneficial
– Problems in US-China ties are down to "strategic misjudgments" by US side pic.twitter.com/dAaTob9gEo
— TRT World Now (@TRTWorldNow) December 20, 2021
Minister Wang also made similar comments last year, blaming America for allowing relations between the two countries to deteriorate to their worst point since the establishment of formal ties in 1979.
Of course, unless China’s policies around its treatment of Taiwan and Uyghur suppression change, things will likely get worse before they get better.
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