Rep. Chris Smith (NJ-04), the chairman of Congressional-Executive Commission on China, commented on Vice President Joe Biden's stated support for China's brutally enforced one child per couple policy.
"China's one child policy is cruel and barbaric," Smith said. "The Nuremberg trials properly prosecuted forced abortion as a crime against humanity. We don't second guess. It's hideous. Pregnant women without birth permits are hunted down. There are no single moms in China. It is illegal to have brothers or sisters. Picture all the people who have brothers and sisters--all the people you know who have brothers and sisters would be breaking the law in China."
Smith noted that shortly after becoming U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton stated clearly that she was not going to allow human rights to "interfere' with economic issues with China, a clear sign the Obama Administration was downgrading human rights as a priority.
"Obama didn't say a word about any of the human rights crimes of Chinese President Hu Jintao when he visited Washington earlier this year; instead he hosted a state dinner for him."
"Twenty seven years ago--on May 9, 1984--I authored the first amendment ever to a foreign aid bill to deny funding to organizations such as the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) that are complicit with China's forced abortion policy. After all these years, it is amazing and disheartening to me that most policy makers--including and especially the Obama Administration--remain either unaware or indifferent or worse, supportive, of these massive crimes against women and children."
"The Vice President said he "fully understood' the one child policy, and that he's not "second guessing.' The one child per couple policy is cruel, inhumane and the most egregious systematic attack on women ever. For the Vice President to publicly state that he fully understands the one child policy and say he won't second guess it is unconscionable. He and all of us should be defending the women of China from this state-sponsored cruelty of forced abortion and forced sterilization, not supporting and enabling it. Chinese women need advocates, not enablers. This Administration has long enabled this cruel policy by its silence and financial support for organizations like UNFPA that support the Chinese government's brutal program. Tragically, it now offers its public support, as well."
Smith earlier this year asked Clinton at a congressional hearing if she knew if forced abortions were brought up at meetings between Obama and Hu, to which she replied she did not know.
"Now we know," Smith said. "They sold out. They're just fine with the coercion."
Smith recounted the recent congressional testimony of Chai Ling one of the Tiananmen Square democracy activists in 1989. Today she is Founder and President of All Girls Allowed, a group dedicated to ending the slaughter of innocent unborn babies in China that disproportionately impacts far more girls than boys.
"At a congressional press conference in June, Chai Ling pointed out that tens of millions of men will never marry in China due to the effects of gendercide," Smith said. He noted that already there are some 100 million more males than females in China and quoted Chai Ling again saying: "Chai Ling told us sadly that the three most dangerous words--often a death sentence in China today are, "It's a girl.'"
"Last month I offered an amendment demanding the release and an end of the torture of Chinese defense attorney Chen Guangchen, who has helped bring international attention to cases of forced abortion in China, and his wife. They are at risk of dying from repeated beatings so everyone needs to speak out on their behalf before it is too late."