President Biden signed a major bill targeting China’s abuse of Uyghur Muslims off-camera and without media in the room Thursday, forcing press secretary Jen Psaki to deny he did so in order to spare the Chinese government’s feelings.
“He signs bills on camera. Off camera sometimes, sometimes on camera,” Psaki said. “We support the bill and obviously we’ve been leading the effort in the world to call out human rights abuses.”
The Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act passed the House and Senate without opposition last week. The bill prohibits the importation of goods from China’s northwest Xinjiang region unless the importer can prove it was not manufactured using forced labor.
The legislation also allows for sanctions against Chinese officials responsible for human rights abuses against the Uyghurs.
Rather than hold a public bill-signing ceremony, which might have…