“Well, there will be repercussions for China and he knows that,” Biden said of Xi Jinping, when pressed about the matter on CNN’s The Town Hall program.
On the occasion, Biden said the United States would reaffirm its global role in promoting human rights, adding that he would work with the international community to get China to protect them.
“China is trying very hard to become a world leader and to get that nickname and be able to do that they have to earn the trust of other countries,” Biden said on his first official trip since taking office in January.
“As long as they are involved in activities that are against human rights, it will be difficult for them to do that,” he was quoted as saying Al Arabiya, Wednesday (17/2/2021).
In a two-hour telephone conversation with Xi Jinping this month, Biden emphasized the US priority of maintaining a free and open Indo-Pacific region, where the United States and China are major strategic rivals.
He also raised concerns about coercive and unfair trade practices and rights issues in Beijing, such as the crackdown in Hong Kong, the detention of Xinjiang, and increasingly assertive action in Asia, including against Taiwan, which China claims as its own.