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John Kerry, the US special presidential envoy for climate, on Wednesday justified the Biden administration’s focus on supporting China in the climate change fight by addressing the genocide of China’s Uighur minority.

during a Interview Along with Bloomberg’s David Westin, Kerry was asked, “What is the process by which one trades climate against human rights?”

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Pelosi says addressing climate change with China is ‘overriding issue’ despite human rights abuses

“Well, life is always full of difficult choices and relationships between nations,” Kerry replied.

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The former Secretary of State recalled when former President Ronald Reagan met with Soviet Union President Mikhail Gorbachev at the Reykjavik summit in 1986, which eventually resulted in the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty between the two countries in 1987. Carey said that Reagan “thought the Soviet Union was the rogue empire” and was still able to sit at the table.

“The point I’m making is that even if there were serious human rights issues, which Ronald Reagan called him on this, we need to find a way to make the world safer, protect our countries, and act in our interests.” Gotta find it,” Carey said.

“We can and should do the same thing now,” he continued. “Yes we have issues, many different issues, but first and foremost, this planet must be protected.”

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, described Kerry’s comments as “terrible.”

“Biden dams: We care about $$ more than human rights, slavery or Chinese concentration camps. Terrible,” Cruz tweeted Wednesday.

Kerry made headlines on Monday when it was reported that he had disclosed millions of dollars in Chinese investments held by his wife’s family trust.

Kerry’s latest filing with the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) in March shows that his wife benefits from an investment of “at least $1 million” in a hedge fund, a fund controlled by the Chinese government, the Daily Mail specializes in private partnerships and investments with. informed of.

Earlier this year, Kerry was raped by Rep. Christopher Smith, RN.J. Had he discussed slave labor with China’s climate change envoy, prompting him to say, “It’s not my alley. My alley is very specifically to try and move the Chinese who are helping us with climate change.” need to be done in relation to it.”

During a hearing on the same House Foreign Affairs Committee, Kerry accepted Obtaining solar panels from Xinjiang, China is a “problem” due to the reported forced labor in the region and added, “Xinjiang province not only produces some solar panels which we believe are some cases produced by Uighurs in forced labor.” is being done in[s], but there are also significant amounts of a certain rare earth mineral that is used in the solar panels themselves.”

Kerry’s comments about prioritizing climate over China’s ongoing genocide against the Uighur population echoed the Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, who said last week that opening a talks with China Climate change should take priority as an “overriding issue”.

“The situation with China is getting tougher, it’s getting worse,” she said at an event in Cambridge, England.

Pelosi, D-Calif., pointed to human rights abuses – including the Uighur genocide in western China – the security threats and economic challenges that China posed to the US, but said those issues pale in comparison to climate change. were assistants.

“With their military aggression in the South China Sea, with the continuing genocide with the Uighurs in Xinjiang province, with the violation of Tibet’s cultural … religious priority, with the suppression of democracy in Hong Kong and other parts of China as well. – They are getting worse in terms of repression,” said the Speaker of the House.

“Having said all that… we have to work together on climate,” Pelosi said. “Climate is a major issue, and China is a major emitter in the world – the US too, the developed world too – but we must work together. We must have a level of communication, whether it is COVID, whether it is terrorism or Be it the climate.”

Sam Dorman and Caitlin McFall contributed reporting.