The United States on March 19 accused China of committing genocide and crimes against humanity against Uighur Muslims and other minorities, and Beijing responded by accusing Washington of discrimination, hatred and even the savage murder of people of African and Asian descent.
The confrontation occurred during the United Nations General Assembly event for the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination and was provoked by the speech of U.S. Ambassador Linda Thomas Greenfield, who in her speech via video conference spoke about being a descendant of slaves, growing up in the segregated country and surviving racism, including the use of insults about the color of her skin.
The incident occurred after senior officials from both countries wrapped up two days of tense talks, the first face-to-face ones since Joe Biden arrived at the White House. In rare public remarks, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken. and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi exchanged sharply different views on the rival country and the world.
Thomas-Greenfield was unusually candid about her country’s history and noted that slavery is America’s original sin.
It has woven white supremacy and black inferiority into our founding documents and principles,” she said, adding that slavery has existed throughout the world and unfortunately continues to exist today, as does racism, which remains a daily challenge wherever we are.
For millions of people, he said, it becomes lethal, as in Myanmar, where Rohinya Muslims and others have been oppressed, abused and killed in large numbers.
Or in China, where the government has committed genocide and crimes against humanity against Uighurs and members of other ethnic and religious minorities in Xinjiang, Thomas-Greenfield said.
Chinese Deputy UN Ambassador Dai Bing, who was not on the initial list of speakers, took the floor near the end of the event to reject what he called a politically motivated accusation by the United States, which he described as an act of hearsay propaganda from start to finish, an outright lie.”
In addition, the diplomat accused Washington of interfering in Chinese internal affairs and pointed out that lies are just lies and the truth will prevail.