China Says White House Lied
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The White House claimed that President Joe Biden raised concerns over “forced labor” and “ethnic genocide” during a call with Chinese President Xi Jinping — but China pushed back against the claim, calling it “disinformation.”
“According to White House Press Secretary, ‘genocide’ & ‘forced labor’ came up in last night’s call between Chinese & US Presidents. That is disinformation,” said China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA).
The two presidents had a call on Thursday. Hours later, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters that Biden had “raised genocide and forced labor practices by the [People’s Republic of China].”
“That is something that he raised about human rights, as he always does,” said Jean-Pierre. “This is, as we’ve said, that anytime the president has an opportunity, he raises that when he meets with another leader and called on [the] PRC to cease its ongoing human rights abuses across China.”
MFA spokesperson Lijian Zhao addressed the White House’s claim in a press conference on Friday, calling the White House’s claim “pure lies.”
“White House spokesperson said the issues of genocide and forced labor were mentioned in the call last night, that is false information,” said Zhao.
“I’m not going to get into a back and forth with a [People’s Republic of China] government spokesperson,” said the spokesperson. “The president raised concerns about human rights with President Xi, as he always does. He was crystal clear about his concerns. He also raised the need to resolve the cases of American citizens who are wrongfully detained or subject to exit bans in China.”