John Kerry will be traveling this week to China to discuss cooperative efforts against climate change as the U.S. deals with the ongoing evacuation crisis in Kabul, Afghanistan.
As the “climate envoy” for the Biden administration, Kerry will be making his second China trip of 2021. He has been a vocal supporter of increased interaction with China, arguing that the U.S. should stop its “death pact” with the Asian power. Kerry is expected to urge Chinese leaders to cease financing coal energy production projects while in the country.
The Washington Free Beacon reports that China still uses slave labor to manage the supply chains and coal production that support its public green energy initiatives. China remains the world’s top producer of greenhouse gases generally and carbon dioxide specifically.
In May, Kerry admitted that the Chinese government used the coerced slave labor of the Uyghur Muslim population in Xinjiang province to manufacture solar panels.
When questioned by Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX) in a hearing before Congress, Kerry said of panels produced by slave labor, “you’re absolutely correct” and admitted that “it is a problem.” Kerry declined several times to acknowledge that China’s treatment of the Uyghurs amounts to genocide.
As for Afghanistan, Kerry has extensive diplomatic experience thanks to his days as secretary of state during the Obama administration. Kerry’s support for withdrawal from Afghanistan dates back to at least 2009, and he was one of the first leading national Democrats to call for ending the American presence there.
As Kerry prepares for his latest China trip, thousands of Americans remain stranded in Afghanistan and are trying desperately to reach the Kabul airport for further evacuation. If the Biden administration sticks to the August 31 deadline that it first set and then had imposed upon it by the Taliban as a “red line” date, the likelihood of complete evacuation of Americans from the Taliban-controlled country appears remote.