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U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Thursday (Feb. 18) that protecting human rights in China is linked to promoting American values and defending U.S. national security and the economy.
She also supported the Trump administration’s finding that the Chinese Communist Party committed genocide against the Uighurs and said protecting human rights in China is a bipartisan issue.
At a press conference on Thursday, Pelosi said in response to a question from the English-language Epoch Times, “I’ve been working on human rights in China for more than 30 years since the Tiananmen Square incident (June 4). It is very important for the world to understand that human rights are part of our value system.”
Better protection of human rights around the world, she said, is also “about our national security, about our military and our strength, about our economy.”
“We can’t sacrifice one for the sake of the other.” She said.
Asked what policies the new administration should adopt to change Beijing’s human rights practices, Pelosi said, “How we go about doing that is just weighing in.”
She added, “Whatever form it takes, I hope it [the practice] will change some of the behavior of the Chinese [Communist Party] toward Hong Kong, Tibet, and the Uighurs.”
Source: The Epoch Times