Is the United States giving up its main interests to China in exchange for green rhetoric?
A Chinese flag flies in the wind. (Photo credit: Lucas Schifres / Getty Images)
Will the United States turn a blind eye to genocide in China, its commercial and intellectual barriers property theft, and it is more and more aggressive foreign policy, in order to get the Chinese government to make unnecessary noise about the fight against climate change?
Lawmakers are concerned about the Biden administration doing this. For example, they objected to recent remarks made by John Kerry, President Biden’s special climate envoy, on the possibility of reaching a climate deal with China – saying he trivialized the widespread human rights violations committed by the Chinese Communist government. Kerry Told an interviewer:
We have differences on economic rules, on cyber. We have other differences on human rights, geostrategic interests, but these differences must not hinder something as critical as the climate.
Recently, Kerry traveled to Shanghai to meet with Chinese officials, after which the two countries issued a joint statement promising to tackle the climate crisis with “series and urgency”.
But such rhetoric does not make sense from China. China has declared its commitment to tackle climate change in the past, as by ratifying the Kyoto Protocol to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. But this rhetoric about tackling climate change has not led China to reduce its emissions, which have continued to rise rapidly. Indeed, China’s greenhouse gas emissions have more than tripled over the past 30 years. China’s greenhouse gas emissions now exceed those from the United States and all developed countries combined, according to a study cited by CNBC. China accounts for 27% of total global emissions. The United States represents only 11%.
Representative Tim Burchett (R-TN) called Kerry’s “pathetic” comments, calling the Biden administration’s climate policy to give China an economic advantage and weaken the United States’ position, reported the New York Post.
“It is pathetic that John Kerry is condoning the disgusting slavery and murder of Uyghurs by the Chinese Communist Party to make this sticky climate arrangement possible,” he said.
The CCP are cheaters who never play by the rules, that’s a fact. Our country should not get involved in a one-sided and disastrous climate plan that we know the CCP will not follow and weaken any economic leverage we have with China.
The “slavery and murder of Uyghurs” to which Congressman Burchett referred involves a minority ethnic group that lives in northwest China. There, as much as three million members of ethnic minority groups have been detained in sinister concentration camps. Most of them are Uyghurs, the largest minority group in China’s Xinjiang Province. Torture is widespread in concentration camps, and thousands of people have died from torture and physical abuse.
Promises and commitments are often of little importance to the Chinese Communist government. He even flouts the binding treaties he signs, such as the Convention against Torture.
Even Biden supporters are worried about the Biden administration’s eagerness to make concessions to China in exchange for empty climate change promises that will soon be broken. the franc Never Trump journalist Gary Kasparov to complain that Biden’s climate envoy John Kerry now has “enough influence to give up real lives and real concessions to dictatorships for climate fantasies they will never honor.” Kasparov say that he “used to joke that if you left Kerry and [Russian foreign minister] Lavrov together in a fairly long room, Kerry would return Alaska to Russia. Now he is eager to legitimize [Vladimir] Putin & [Chinese dictator] Xi Jinping for a handful of magic climate beans so that he can boast of making brighter deals. “
Even if China signed a new climate change treaty, it would likely flout it. Consider what the Chinese Communist government did after signing the United Nations Convention Against Torture in 1988. It has not stopped torturing its citizens.
Instead, he massively escalated the torture and repression. For example, he target members of a peaceful Buddhist group known as Falun Gong. Thousands of Falun Gong members were then tortured to death or their organs were forcibly removed before being killed, as Caylan Ford recounted in Digital arc.
Like Ford Noted, in China,
over a million members of a religious minority have been held without trial in re-education camps. When they do not perform forced labor and manufacture goods for export, they are tortured, beaten, shocked with electric batons, and subjected to coercive ideological “transformation”. The authorities have been asked to use all means necessary for their victims to renounce their faith in a transcendental order and swear loyalty to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) …… There is now ample evidence that the Chinese transplant industry organs was supplied, in part, by the killing at the request of Falun Gong prisoners of conscience… An independent expert tribunal, headed by the United Nations war crimes prosecutor, Sir Geoffrey Nice QC, recently found beyond a reasonable doubt that forced organ harvesting has occurred on a substantial scale – possibly reaching tens of thousands of victims per year – with the knowledge and approval of Chinese state actors.
President Biden downplayed cultural genocide, concentration camps, and the massacres committed by the Chinese government attributing them to different cultural norms.
“Culturally, there are different standards in each country and their leaders are expected to follow them” mentionned Biden on February 18. Like Fox News Remarks, Biden spoke of the “human rights atrocities perpetrated against the Uyghur populations in western China.” A former national security adviser called Biden’s remarks “fanaticism masquerading as cultural sensitivity”.
Hans Bader practices law in Washington, DC After studying economics and history at the University of Virginia and law at Harvard, he practiced civil law, international trade, and constitutional law. He also worked once in the education department.