China accused the White House of lying when it claimed President Joe Biden pressed Chinese President Xi Jinping on the country’s systematic abuse of Uyghur Muslims when the leaders spoke by phone Thursday morning.
White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said after the marathon call that Biden had “raised genocide and forced labor practices” imposed on the minority group by the Chinese Communist Party. There are an estimated 12 million Uyghurs in the northwestern Xinjiang province, where they are tortured, sterilized, imprisoned and treated as slaves, according to international human rights advocates.
“That is something that he raised about human rights, as he always does,” Jean-Pierre claimed. “This is, as we’ve said, that anytime the president has an opportunity, he raises that when he meets with another