While speaking at a CNN town hall in Wisconsin, President Biden appeared to excuse the Chinese Communist Party’s genocide in Xinjiang as a “cultural norm.”
“Chinese leaders, if you know anything about Chinese history, it has always been – the time when China has been victimized by the outer world is when they haven’t been unified at home,” he begins before abruptly adding “vastly overstated.”
He continues, explaining the rationale of Chinese Communist Party leader Xi Jinping:
“The central principle of Xi Jinping is that there must be a united, tightening control in China, and he uses his rationale for the things he does based on that. I point out to him, no American president can be sustained as a president if he doesn’t reflect the values of the United States, and so the idea that I’m not going to speak out against what he’s doing in Hong Kong, what he’s doing with the Uyghurs in western mountains of China, and Taiwan, trying to end the One China Policy by making it forceful, I say – and by the he says – he gets it.”
“Culturally there are different norms in each country and their leaders are expected to follow,” he adds after referencing the well-documented genocide and internment of Uyghurs in Xinjiang province.