House Makes Moves to Condemn, Punish China

( – Citing multiple human rights violations by the Chinese government, Joe Biden recently announced a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Olympic Games in Beijing. The UK, Canada, and Australia joined the United States in this boycott on Wednesday.

While some praised Biden’s effort to finally make an attempt at cracking down on China’s track record of human rights violations, others felt that it wasn’t enough. Some feel the United States should fully boycott the Beijing Olympics by not having any athletes participate. Despite this, the House of Representatives passed several measures with strong bipartisan support on Wednesday to build upon Biden’s initial move by formally addressing China’s abuses and imposing sanctions.

House Passes Near Unanimous Bills Condemning China

Following mixed reaction to Joe Biden’s decision to partially boycott the 2022 Olympics by not sending any official representation to Beijing, the House almost unanimously passed the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act and two other bills that identified and condemned China’s specific human rights issues. This bill aims to hold the Chinese Communist Party accountable for its oppression of Uyghur Muslims in internment camps by banning imports of goods produced by Uyghur Muslims.

The import ban may also help the United States become less reliant on China for goods that we can find a way to make ourselves. Rep. Ashley Hinson explained that, “if there’s anything that we’ve seen in the past few months, it’s that we are too reliant on China for a number of the products that are absolutely vital to our supply chain, whether that’s medical supplies or other manufacturing parts that our manufacturers are waiting for down the pipeline.”

Other bills considered asking the United Nations to intervene and condemned both China and the International Olympic Committee for covering up several instances of past abuse that was directly related to the Olympics.

The bills will now be sent to the Senate for approval.

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