John Kerry Announces ‘Cooperation’ With China On ‘Climate Change’ — Says Uyghur Forced Labor Is ‘Not My Lane’

Written by K. Walker on November 11, 2021

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“Climate Change Czar” John Kerry has a million or so reasons why he doesn’t want to talk about human rights abuses against Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang, China…

On Wednesday, John Kerry, the U.S. Special Envoy for Climate, announced a joint “cooperation” agreement with the world’s largest CO2 emitter to tackle “climate change.”

After making the announcement, Kerry was pressed about China’s use of Uyghur forced labor in producing solar panels. His response was that he’s “the climate guy” and the human rights abuses are “not [his] lane.”

It shouldn’t be a surprise.

John Kerry has literally a million reasons to not address the Uyghurs being used as slave labor to produce solar panels.

The Washington Free Beacon reported in late October that Kerry has financial ties to a Chinese equity fund that invests in companies that use Uyghur forced labor.

The Chinese private equity fund in which John Kerry holds a $1 million stake is not only invested in a tech company blacklisted for human rights abuses but is also a major shareholder in a solar panel company linked to labor abuses of the Uyghurs.

Last December, that private equity fund, Hillhouse China Value Fund L.P., purchased a 6 percent stake in LONGi Green Energy, a Chinese solar panel manufacturer, making it the company’s second largest shareholder.

LONGi has come under fire from human rights groups and U.S. lawmakers for sourcing many of its raw materials from companies suspected of using forced labor in Xinjiang, a region in northwest China where the government has cracked down on the Uyghur population and other ethnic minorities.

Hillhouse is also a major funder of a tech company tied to the Chinese government’s surveillance of the Uyghurs, as first reported by the Washington Free Beacon last week. News of that investment led Republican senators to call on Biden to fire Kerry over ethics concerns. Further insight into Hillhouse’s holdings is likely to increase scrutiny of Kerry’s finances and raise questions about whether he is using his role as climate envoy to block regulations on Chinese solar panel imports. While Kerry has acknowledged that many solar panels are produced with forced labor in Xinjiang, he has also indicated resistance to additional financial restrictions or penalties on these goods.
Source: Washington Free Beacon

Back in May, Kerry admitted that the use of Uyghur slave labor in Xinjiang is indeed a problem, BUT…

“When you look at the supply chain, when you look at China, they dominate the critical mineral supply and solar supply chains all coming out of Xinjiang Province,” McCaul said.

Kerry told McCaul he was “absolutely correct” in his concerns. “It is a problem,” he added.

“Xinjiang Province not only produces some of the solar panels that we believe are being in some cases produced in forced labor by Uighur[s], but also there are significant amounts of a certain rare earth mineral that’s used in the solar panels themselves.”

Although Kerry didn’t commit to precluding those panels, he indicated that the Biden administration was moving toward doing so with sanctions.
Source: Fox News

Just ignore the fact that the Chinese Communist government is using slave labor to produce one of the Big Green tools to combat the problem based on computer models.

“Climate is existential for everybody on the planet,” Kerry has said. “We have to deal with it, and because China is nearly 30% of all the emissions on the planet, China’s got to be part of the solution.”

As for the sanctions, Reuters announced on Thursday that U.S. trade officials rejected imposing tariffs on Asian solar panel imports despite claims by American manufacturers that China is monopolizing the solar panel supply chain through its use of forced labor which allows them to produce solar panels at an extremely low cost. The argument is that “tariffs would cripple a sector that is critical to meeting the Biden administration’s goals to bolster clean energy and combat climate change.”

Does this mean that Uyghur slave labor could be considered part of Biden’s “Build Back Better” agenda?

Kerry clearly isn’t all that concerned about the CCP government using an ethnic and religious minority as slave labor right now if using that labor can eliminate the “existential threat” of the “climate crisis” in a hundred years or so.

In September, Kerry echoed Chinese propaganda that sanctioning them on human rights abuses is detrimental to the fight against climate change.

“I will certainly pass on … the full nature of the message that I received from Chinese leaders,” former Secretary of State John Kerry, who is now Biden’s special envoy for climate change, told reporters following two days of meetings with top Chinese diplomats. “On the one hand, we’re saying to them, ‘You have to do more to help deal with the climate.’ And on the other hand, their solar panels are being sanctioned, which makes it harder for them to sell them.”
Source: Washington Examiner

What an absolutely ghoulish take.

Of course, that sort of thing should be expected from Kerry whose vocal commitment to “climate change” — much like Al Gore, Climate Billionaire –doesn’t actually square with his lavish lifestyle.

The “climate change” grift appears to be making Kerry a lot of money and continues to allow him to hypocritically take his private jet all over the world to be fêted by the “important” people who want you to sterilize yourself, eat bugs, discontinue all of your socialization, and freeze in the dark — for the good of the planet, of course. Meanwhile, they’re off partying together on yachts.

Well, what do you expect the rich and influential to do… fly coach?

If John Kerry believed what he says he does about climate change, he’d alter his lifestyle.

Moreover, if John Kerry thinks that slavery is wrong, he’d take a stand for the Uyghurs.

Isn’t it funny how so many Democrats who are constantly denouncing what they call America’s “original sin” of slavery that was abolished in the United States over 150 years ago, don’t say a word about China’s current enslavement of Uyghur Muslims?

It’s almost like they’ll just ignore it if it’s in their interests to do so. Bloody hypocrites!

ClashDaily's Associate Editor since August 2016. Self-described political junkie, anti-Third Wave Feminist, and a nightmare to the 'intersectional' crowd. Mrs. Walker has taken a stand against 'white privilege' education in public schools. She's also an amateur Playwright, former Drama teacher, and staunch defender of the Oxford comma. Follow her humble musings on Twitter: @TheMrsKnowItAll and on Gettr @KarenWalker