By Aaron Kliegman\u00a0 The Trump and Biden administrations seem to agree on at least one thing: China is committing genocide\u00a0against the Uyghurs.\u00a0\u00a0 Last month, on President Donald Trump\u2019s last full day in office, the State Department\u00a0declared\u00a0as much.\u00a0 \u201cI believe this genocide is ongoing, and that we are witnessing the systematic attempt to destroy Uyghurs by the Chinese party-state,\u201d said then-Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. He added that China\u00a0was \u201cengaged in the forced assimilation and eventual erasure of a vulnerable ethnic and religious minority group.\u201d\u00a0 Pompeo was right: China\u00a0seeks to\u00a0eradicate\u00a0the Uyghur people\u00a0from this world.\u00a0 Since 2017, the Chinese government has\u00a0imprisoned\u00a0more than a million\u00a0innocent\u00a0Uyghurs and other Turkic, predominantly Muslim ethnic minorities\u00a0in concentration camps in China\u2019s\u00a0northwestern region of Xinjiang.\u00a0 Chinese authorities are not exterminating Uyghurs in the same way that the Nazis\u00a0tried to exterminate the Jews \u2014 namely, through mass, systematic slaughter. Instead, they are using forced sterilization and brainwashing \u2014 euphemistically known as \u201cre-education\u201d \u2014 to end their culture over time.\u00a0 President Joe\u00a0Biden\u00a0and his team have indicated they agree with\u00a0Pompeo.\u00a0 Back in August, Biden\u2019s presidential campaign\u00a0released\u00a0the following statement: \u201cThe unspeakable oppression that Uyghurs and other ethnic minorities have suffered at the hands of China\u2019s authoritarian government is genocide,\u00a0and Joe Biden stands against it in the strongest terms.\u201d\u00a0 Last month, Antony\u00a0Blinken\u00a0was asked about Pompeo\u2019s declaration.\u00a0 \u201cThat would be my judgment as well," he said. "Forcing men, women,\u202fand children into concentration camps, trying to in effect re-educate them to be adherents to the Chinese Communist Party\u00a0\u2014\u00a0all of that speaks to an effort to commit genocide.\u201d\u00a0 Shortly thereafter,\u00a0Blinken\u00a0was confirmed as Biden\u2019s secretary of state. And in his first remarks as America\u2019s top diplomat from the State Department podium, he\u00a0added\u00a0this: \u201cMy judgment remains that genocide is committed against the Uyghurs, and that hasn't changed.\u201d\u00a0 So, the Biden administration believes, on the record, that China is committing genocide. Which makes Biden\u2019s comments at a CNN town hall this week all the more disgusting.\u00a0 At the event,\u00a0Biden\u00a0dismissed\u00a0China\u2019s genocidal campaign against the Uyghurs after being asked about his recent conversation with Xi Jinping, leader of the ruling Chinese Communist Party.\u00a0 \u201cThe idea that I am not going to speak out against what\u202fhe\u2019s doing in Hong Kong,\u202fwhat he\u2019s doing with the Uyghurs\u202fin western mountains of China,\u202fand Taiwan\u00a0\u2014 trying to\u202fend the one\u202fChina\u202fpolicy by\u202fmaking it forceful \u2026 gets it,\u201d Biden\u00a0said. \u201cCulturally there\u202fare different norms that each\u202fcountry and their leaders are\u202fexpected to follow.\u201d\u00a0 In other words, Biden brushed off genocide as a Chinese cultural norm that America should at least accept if not understand.\u00a0 Biden\u2019s comments are even more shocking given that they came just days after the BBC\u00a0published\u00a0a horrifying report detailing \u201can organized system of mass rape, sexual abuse,\u00a0and torture\u201d perpetrated by Chinese authorities at these concentration camps against Uyghur prisoners.\u00a0 If the leader of the free world is\u00a0unwilling to\u00a0stand up to China for its\u00a0atrocities, then who will?\u00a0 No one needs to launch World War III to take forceful action against China\u2019s barbarism.\u00a0Instead, the US and other countries in the civilized world need to sanction the Chinese entities they don\u2019t want to sanction. They need to say what they fear will sound too provocative to Beijing. They need to wage political warfare\u00a0by\u00a0exposing\u00a0as much detail about the Chinese government\u2019s genocide as possible.\u00a0 In short, they need to be brave and creative in imposing punitive measures against Beijing.\u00a0 But the typical \u201charsh\u201d rhetoric full of empty condemnations that we so often hear out of Washington won\u2019t work.\u00a0 Tragically,\u00a0however,\u00a0Biden seems unwilling even to go that far. If anything, he has given China his blessing to continue eradicating the Uyghur people.\u00a0 After the Holocaust, the world said \u201cnever again\u201d \u2014 a societal promise never to allow the evil of genocide, or anything like it, to return. Clearly no one meant it.\u00a0Perhaps they meant\u00a0\u201cnever again \u2014 until the next time.\u201d Newt hosts monthly virtual events in which he discusses news of the day and why it matters to you and your community. 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