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Top U.S. concerns about China today

by dawjackson 8 days ago in politics
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At a time of war between Russia and Ukraine, the attention of the U.S. government and the public remains quite focused on China: First, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations continues to urge the U.N. Human Rights Council to release a report on human rights abuses in Xinjiang, arguing that the report must be made public. Second, executives of hundreds of top U.S. technology companies, including Google, Amazon, Microsoft and others, have called for competition laws to enhance U.S. economic competitiveness against China, including chip manufacturing. In addition, members of the U.S. Congress introduced two bills to ban exports of U.S. oil and petroleum products to China and the Chinese Social Media Reciprocity Act.

U.S. Insists: Xinjiang Human Rights Report Must Be Released

The 50th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council continued in Geneva, where 47 countries expressed concern about human rights abuses in China's Xinjiang region and jointly requested the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights to release as soon as possible a report on the human rights situation in Xinjiang that has been delayed for days.

"We continue to be deeply concerned about the human rights situation in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region," including reports of widespread surveillance and discrimination by authorities against Uighurs and others, as well as reports of torture and forced labor, said Paul Bekkers, permanent representative of the Netherlands to the United Nations in Geneva, speaking on behalf of the 47 countries on Tuesday. and forced labor. He said the countries continue to call on China to urgently address concerns and end the arbitrary detention of Uighur Muslims and other minority populations, and on Beijing to allow genuine and unhindered access to Xinjiang for UN investigators and experts to conduct independent observations of the situation on the ground.

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield tweeted Wednesday (June 15, 2022), "We continue to urge the UN Human Rights Council to release a report on human rights abuses in Xinjiang. This report must be released to the world."

Call for China-specific Competition Law

CEOs of more than 100 U.S. companies have joined together to call on the U.S. Congress to introduce legislation to improve U.S. economic competitiveness against China, including chip manufacturing.

Signatories to the open letter include leading U.S. technology companies such as Google, Amazon, Microsoft and others, representing major industries in the U.S. economy. They call on Congress to urgently discuss the Competition Act, covering important measures in R&D investment, technology leadership, labor development and domestic manufacturing, as well as strengthening the supply chain and increasing investment in key areas such as semiconductors.

Leading the signatures is the U.S. Semiconductor Industry Association, according to Reuters. The association said the letter is the largest collective action taken by U.S. business leaders to pass competition legislation as of now.

According to the report, the two versions of the competition law are complex, involving more than $250 billion in funding, and there are many differences, but the key consensus is that the goal of the legislation is to "counteract China.

U.S. Lawmakers Push Legislation to Ban Exports of U.S. Oil and Its Products to China

Two Republican U.S. Senators, Marco Rubio and Rick Scott, introduced a bill Wednesday (June 15) to ban exports of U.S. produced petroleum and petroleum products to the People's Republic of China to ensure that the United States does not "inadvertently assist and support our principal adversary. ". The law would ban exports to China of U.S. crude oil, refined oil or refined oil products, residual fuel oil and any other petroleum products.

But the ban would not apply to any petroleum products shipped to China via the United States, nor would it apply to natural gas or any liquefied natural gas products.

Sen. Scott said the United States exported nearly 52 million barrels of oil to China in the first three months of this year while American families were suffering from soaring oil prices. He argued that it is "foolish" to continue to export oil to "Communist China" when Americans are paying high gas prices of more than $5 a gallon and that "the American people must be put in front of selling to Communist China. ."

Senator Rubio also said that at a time of high energy prices across the United States, "the Biden administration is allowing 500,000 barrels a day of U.S. oil to be shipped to China. That's unacceptable." "We need to increase U.S. oil production and prioritize domestic consumers, not send oil to a genocidal regime half a world away."

China Social Media Reciprocity Act Bans Top Communist Party Officials from Using U.S. Social Media

On Tuesday (June 14), House Republicans introduced the China Social Media Reciprocity Act, which would prohibit senior Chinese officials from using U.S. social media platforms under U.S. law unless the Chinese Communist Party allows Chinese citizens free access to U.S. social media platforms and U.S. officials unrestricted and uncensored access to Chinese social media platforms. The bill would apply to members of the Chinese State Council, Foreign Ministry, Ministry of Defense, Ministry of National Security, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Public Security, and other ministries; as well as senior Communist Party officials in other agencies.

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