Democrat presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg claims he would be tough on China’s human rights abuses as president,but he totally ignores the number one human rights abuse that tthe Asian nation has perpetrated for decades.
Attempting to score political points, Buttigieg ripped President Donald Trump on his handling China’s human rights abuses, but failed offer any solutions to the issue.
Buttigieg spoke to the Washington Post’s Robert Costa Friday in a live one-on-one interview series called “The 2020 Candidates.” He bashed Trump for indicating “his silence could be purchased” on human rights issues for a trade deal with the country, but didn’t list any concrete steps his administration would take to address China’s human rights abuses.
“Well first of all, the president indicated, our president, indicated that his silence could be purchased on humans rights issues,” Buttigieg said. “That is a nightmare for humans rights … And to not hear a peep of meaningful moral support from the American president shows you just how far we’ve slipped.”
Buttigieg failed to mention that the Trump administration has taken action on human rights issues.
Trump signed two bills into law in November supporting the months-long pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong — a fact that was not mentioned by the Democratic candidate.
Buttigieg also didn’t mention forced abortions and sex-selection abortions under China’s coercive one-child and now two-child policies — likely because he supports abortions up to biorth paid for at taxpayer expense.
China’s population control policies are the longest-running and most far-reaching violations of human rights the world has ever seen. China has an incomprehensible 23 million abortions a year – many of them forced, mostly of baby girls.
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The Chinese government boasts that 400 million Chinese children were “prevented” because of its efforts. To put that number into perspective: The total number of people killed by various Communist and Fascists regimes in the 20th Century—Stalin, Hitler, Mao, Castro, and Pol Pot combine—is estimated to be around 100 million. (The Black Book of Communism, S. Courtois, 1997)
In one horrifying case, a mother died after her husband forced her to abort four baby girls in the space of a year.
The sex-selection abortion problem has been so extensive that China has a huge gender inbalance, to the extent that it is estimated that by 2020 there will be 55 million excess males.
The notorious “one child” policy was scrapped in 2016, but a BBC investigation found that “brutal machinery of enforcement is still in place along with the Chinese state’s insistence on the right of control over women’s wombs.”
U.S. Congressman Chris Smith wrote about the abuses in 2018:
In October of last year the BBC released a report entitled “China’s Forbidden Babies Still An Issue” confirming that under the “Two-Child Policy,” forced abortion remains a threat for women pregnant with a third child.
BBC’s Beijing Correspondent John Sudworth interviewed the father of a family in hiding because his wife has just given birth to their third child. The father told Sudworth, “A third baby is not allowed. If we weren’t in hiding, they would have forced us to have an abortion.”
China’s Family Planning officials readily admit to Sudworth that all women of childbearing age are still required to report for up to two ultrasound examinations every year.
They freely discuss with Sudworth the massive “social compensation” fines levied on families that have a third child—up to ten times the annual average income.
They also admit that that any woman found to be pregnant with a third baby will receive “home visits” with the aim of “persuading” them to have abortions.
Said one official ominously: “If you’re reported to us, then we’ll find you and we’ll persuade you not to give birth to that baby.” Another said more bluntly, “We’ll definitely find you and persuade you to do an abortion.”
If Pete Buttigieg is serious about China’s human rights buses, he will confront its past and current population control policies that include forced abortions, sex-selection abortions, infanticide and sterilization.