U.S. Senator Ben Sasse, a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, issued the following statement on day two of the U.S.-China talks in Alaska. 

“The Chinese Communist Party’s treatment of Uyghur Muslims is not an ‘internal matter.’ It is genocide, and the whole world knows it. The Chinese Communist Party’s crackdown on Hong Kong is not an ‘internal matter.’ It is a broken international commitment reflective of a reckless global power. I have many policy disagreements with the Biden Administration, but every single American should unite against Beijing’s tyrants. Secretary Blinken and National Security Adviser Sullivan were right to say ‘it’s never good to bet against America’ and should continue to hold firm exposing Chairman Xi’s fraudulent lies.”

Background: 

According to public reports, Secretary of State Antony Blinken and National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan raised a range of security and human rights issues with the Chinese delegation, arguing that the CCP’s genocide of the Uyghurs, crackdown in Hong Kong, economic coercion of allies, cyber attacks against the US, and aggression towards Taiwan endangered global stability.

The Chinese delegation argued that CCP actions in Xinjiang and Hong Kong were solely “internal matters” and sought to draw a moral equivalence between the United States and CCP on both democracy and human rights.