US President-Elect Joe Biden is expected to come through with his pledge to mobilise America’s allies in a long-overdue determination to stand up to China, forcefully, multilaterally and effectively.
In February, Biden had described Chinese President Xi Jinping as a ‘thug’, while US President Donald Trump had called Xi a ‘great leader’, and has also admitted backing away from holding Beijing accountable for the Chinese president’s rampage in Hong Kong and Xinjiang in order to gain advantages at the trade-talks table, writes Terry Glavin for the Canadian journal Ottawa Citizen.
Glavin writes that Biden has gone out of his way to declare Beijing’s mass imprisonment of the Ughurs and the obliteration of Uyghur culture a genocide. Until now, the United States and the World’s liberal democracies have been all over the map in coming to terms with belligerence and barbarism of Xi Jinping.
Earlier, Biden had said that if voted to power, his administration will sanction Chinese officials responsible for human rights abuses in Tibet. “My administration will sanction Chinese officials responsible for human rights abuses in Tibet, and step up support for the Tibetan people, including by expanding Tibetan language services at Radio Free Asia and Voice of America to get information from the outside world into Tibet,” Biden said.
Biden had vowed that as President he will meet with his Holiness the Dalai Lama, appoint a new special coordinator for Tibetan Issues, and insist that the Chinese government restore access to Tibet for US Citizens, including our diplomats and journalists.