U.S. lawmakers propose special envoy on Xinjiang genocide

Republican U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.Y.) has introduced a proposal to create a special envoy on the Xinjiang genocide to better respond to the Chinese government’s persecution of the Uighurs.

The amendment proposed by Smith on Wednesday has already passed the House Foreign Affairs Committee. The proposal calls for the secretary of state to create the new position to coordinate U.S. diplomatic, political, economic and security actions on human rights violations in Xinjiang.

The congressman said the amendment would have a significant, positive effect on further U.S. scrutiny of the genocide committed by China in Xinjiang against Muslims, including the Uighurs.

Smith also offered two other amendments Wednesday, one of which calls for the Biden administration to develop a package urging the International Olympic Committee to change the host country for the 2022 Winter Olympics.