April 28 2021 The United States has called the existence of “genocide” in Xinjiang an improper allegation that should be withdrawn unless confirmed by the U.S. State Department, U.S. and British scholars have jointly written.
Jeffrey Sachs, director of the Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia University, and William Shabas, a law professor at Middlesex University in the United Kingdom, recently published an article on the world’s newspaper syndicate website entitled “Genocide in Xinjiang is an improper accusation.” The article said the U.S. government’s claim of “genocide” in Xinjiang needlessly escalated anti-China rhetoric, while the U.S. side did not provide evidence.
The article stated that the allegations of “genocide” should never be taken lightly and that the improper use of the term could exacerbate geopolitical and military tensions.
The two scholars also point out that between 2010 and 2018, the Uighur population living in Xinjiang grew faster than other ethnic groups in the region. They said the charges should be withdrawn unless the U.S. State Department can confirm the existence of “genocide.”