China has been a massive issue in the human rights arena, but it’s an issue political leaders like to talk about and not do anything about. China is most certainly a world superpower, and instead of hitting them for human rights abuses, everyone likes to talk about climate change. But let’s be honest, they don’t strike them there, either drawing questions of the world’s interest in tackling climate change or human rights issues.
The most recent example of ignoring human rights violations is the decision to include protection for Uyghur Muslims in the Reconciliation Bill.
Jim Jordan tweeted, “Why in the world would Democrats want to give taxpayer dollars to corporations using Uyghur Muslim slaves???”
The real question is, why does any American want to give their money to China? Regardless of the political party, the question is still the same.
The removal of the component of the spending bill was included in early September according to National Review, where they said that “’forced labor prohibition’ barring the National Science Foundation, which would receive an additional $11 billion under the legislation, from ‘awarding a contract, subcontract, grant, or loan to an entity that is listed.’” National Quoted the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act.
The bill would require a list to be made by Congress outlining all of the Chinese companies involved in operating Uyghur Muslim concentration camps or the mass-surveillance system in Xinjiang.
That would be helpful to the American people when they decide what to purchase and would ultimately lead to barring many companies from the world and hopefully put pressure on China to end their concentration camps.
Michael Sobolik, a fellow in Indo-Pacific studies at the American Foreign Policy Council, told National Review that the previous reconciliation draft “would prevent funds from Build Back better from going to entities the director of national intelligence assessments are involved in Uyghur camp construction and surveillance in Xinjiang.”
It should go without saying that this should be its bill. It should never go into massive spending that has the potential to get knocked down in the first place. The Biden administration seems to be doing this on purpose by removing essential bi-partisan parts of his massive spending to make the amount lower but exclude specific issues.
The national review said that when the issue came up to the committee, only three Democrats voted for it, and it passed by a single vote. Some amendments were shot down to prohibit research funding from going toward research in China or involving entities owned or controlled by the Chinese government.
It shows how much these politicians care about climate change and human rights. Next time Biden or the Democrats talk about race or voting bills that wouldn’t exclude minority voters, remind them of this and show them exactly where their concerns are.