Recently, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian criticized the US response to a balloon carrying a banner reading “Communist Bandit” as “absurd and hysterical”. Lijian was responding to remarks made by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during a press conference in which he accused China of violating human rights, particularly in the region of Xinjiang.
The balloon carrying a banner reading “Communist Bandit” was released by a group of protesters in Washington on Saturday, during a demonstration in front of the Chinese Embassy. The banner was released in response to the US decision to increase the pressure on China for its human rights abuses in the Xinjiang region. In response to Pompeo’s accusations, Zhao Lijian stated that the US was acting in an “absurd and hysterical” manner by responding to the balloon in such a way. He further pointed out that the US should focus on its own human rights issues rather than.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry has also accused the US of double standards, as it has failed to take decisive action against its own human rights abuses. It has also condemned the US for its use of sanctions against countries like Iran and North Korea, while at the same time not taking any action on the human rights situation in Xinjiang.
In recent months, the US has increased the pressure on China over its human rights abuses in the Xinjiang region. The US has imposed sanctions on several Chinese officials and companies, and has also launched a campaign to urge other countries to join in the sanctions. The US has also accused China of committing genocide in the Xinjiang region and has called for an investigation into the matter. China has denied all allegations of human rights abuses and has accused the US of interfering in its internal affairs.
The US and China have been locked in an escalating trade war for the past few years. The latest round of tensions between the two countries has only served to further worsen the situation. With tensions running high and no resolution in sight, it remains to be seen how the two countries will be able to resolve the current situation.