Exclusive: State Dept. Defends Kerry’s In-Person Climate Meeting with China, Claims They Are Not Ignoring Human Rights Abuses

Exclusive: State Dept. Defends Kerry’s In-Person Climate Meeting with China, Claims They Are Not Ignoring Human Rights Abuses


The U.S. State Department is defending Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry’s trips abroad to discuss climate change, including a meeting with an official in China, despite ongoing reports of the Chinese Communist Party’s egregious treatment of its own people in “re-education” camps, including widespread rape, forced abortions, and forced sterilization.

Vox reported on Kerry and made the point that climate change was the most pressing issue between China and the United States:

In December, U.S. foreign policy expert Thomas Wright wrote an article in the Atlantic with a provocative claim: That Kerry would prioritize extracting climate change-related concessions from China, and to do so would minimize America’s plans to push Beijing on trade, security, and human rights issues:

According to three people familiar with Kerry’s thinking, Kerry believes that cooperation with China is the key to progress on climate change and that climate is by far the most

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