U.S. pressures China on Hong Kong, Uighurs and trade

Galtero Lara
Setiembre 25, 2019

"We are also carefully monitoring the situation in Hong Kong".

"The world fully expects that the Chinese government will honour its binding treaty".

"How China chooses to handle the situation will say a great deal about its role in the world and the future", the Republican tycoon added during his third appearance at the diplomatic forum in NY.

India and the United States of America will have a trade deal very soon, as revealed by US President Donald Trump during the bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the UN headquarters on Tuesday.

"For years, these (trade) abuses were tolerated, ignored, or even encouraged", he said, arguing that "globalism" had caused world leaders to ignore their own national interests.

He accused China of the theft of trade secrets "on a grand scale" and said it was taking advantage of World Trade Organization rules that give Beijing beneficial treatment as a "developing economy".

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Both sides of the trade war are aiming for a high-level meeting next month.

Rishat Abbas, the brother of Uighur physician Gulshan Abbas, who was abducted from her home in Urumchi in September 2018, told Tuesday's event that "millions of Uighurs are becoming collateral damage to worldwide trade policies, enabling China to continue to threaten our freedoms around the world, enable it to continue its police state".

In another event on the sidelines of the UN assembly on Tuesday, the United States led more than 30 countries in condemning what it called China's "horrific campaign of repression" against Muslims in Xinjiang.

"We can not be the only guardians of the truth nor the only members of the worldwide community to call out China and demand that they stop", Mr Sullivan added.

U.N. human rights chief Michelle Bachelet has repeatedly pushed China to grant the United Nations access to investigate reports of disappearances and arbitrary detentions, particularly of Muslims in Xinjiang. "History will judge the global community for how we respond to this attack on human rights and fundamental freedoms".

He said he feared them "creating two separate and competing worlds, each with their own dominant currency, trade and financial rules, their own Internet and artificial intelligence capacities, and their own zero sum geopolitical and military strategies".

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