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Axios: The U.S Lawmakers form bipartisan Uyghur caucus

by Admin - Jul 29, 2021 0 Comment

 

House lawmakers are forming a bipartisan caucus to hold the Chinese Communist Party accountable for its human rights violations against Uyghurs in the Xinjiang region, Axios is first to report.

Why it matters: While the United States economy relies heavily on trade with China, relations between the two global powers are tense. The Chinese Communist Party's human rights violations are at the center of many complications.

The details: Democratic Rep. Tom Suozzi of New York and Republican Rep. Chris Smith of New Jersey are leading the formation of the caucus.

  • Its goal is to "support legislation aimed at addressing the largest coordinated human rights abuse campaign of the 21st century," according to a release being distributed by the group.

What they’re saying: "Products you buy from China that were manufactured with forced labor are cheaper," Suozzi said during an interview with Axios. "So, people are gonna say, 'Oh my gosh, if we don't do business with Xinjiang, the cost of products go up.'"

  • "Well, that's too damn bad," he added. "This should shock everyone's conscience."
  • "The ongoing genocide and mass internment of Uyghurs and other predominantly-Muslim ethnic minorities like the Kazakhs are egregious crimes perpetrated by the Chinese Communist Party," Smith said in a statement.