Obama’s State Department wants the flow of cheap solar panels, even as Vladimir Putin bolsters his soldiers along with Ukraine’s border and Chinese submarines to keep a watchful eye on the Taiwan Strait. In January, Marco Rubio and Jeff Merkley submitted a measure to restrict the importation of commodities created with forced labor from the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, where the Chinese government committed genocide. In July, the Senate passed it by a voice vote.
Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman and John Kerry, Biden’s special envoy on climate change, have been lobbying their fellow Democrats against adding the proposal in the yearly military bill, which has caused more controversy at Foggy Bottom now that we know. The explanations for this are both absurd and amusing at the same time. A Nobel Peace Prize for Kerry’s climate efforts needs China’s assistance. The Uyghur problem is secondary to Kerry receiving the world recognition he sorely lacked after his failed presidential bid and disastrous term in office as secretary of state.
Polysilicon, a basic ingredient needed to make solar panels, can be found in large quantities in Xinjiang. An import embargo would send the Chinese communist regime a clear message that the United States will not accept its barbaric practices. Merkley deserves praise for his steadfast support of the legislation. Democrats, on the other hand, won’t be able to discuss China-related legislation this week, even though the White House promises that the package should be passed quickly.
Not only is this an outrage, but it’s also a scandal. When it’s politically expedient, Antony Blinken, the Biden administration’s senior diplomat and the son of a Holocaust survivor, recalls his stepfather on occasion. The president and his deputy haven’t said anything about the Uyghurs yet, but we’re assuming they’re both telling Democrats to ignore human rights in favor of a climate agreement. For who could have guessed that “restoring the soul of America” would entail turning a blind eye to slavery taking place elsewhere in the world?