United States President Joe Biden says China will pay a price for its human rights abuses.
Chinese President Xi Jinping has drawn global criticism for holding the minority Uighurs in internment camps and other human rights abuses.
President Biden said the US will reassert its global role in speaking up for human rights, adding that he would work with the international community to get China to protect them.
In a two-hour phone call with Xi this month, Biden emphasised the US priority of preserving a free and open Indo-Pacific region, where the US and China are major strategic rivals.
He also voiced concern about Beijing’s coercive and unfair trade practices and rights issues, such as its Hong Kong crackdown, the Xinjiang internments, and increasingly assertive actions in Asia, including towards Taiwan, which China claims as its own.