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State Department Lawyers Concluded Insufficient Evidence to Prove Genocide in China

State Department Lawyers Concluded Insufficient Evidence to Prove Genocide in China

The U.S. State Department’s Office of the Legal Advisor concluded earlier this year that China’s mass imprisonment and forced labor of ethnic Uighurs in Xinjiang amounts to crimes against humanity—but there was insufficient evidence to prove genocide, placing the United States’ top diplomatic lawyers at odds with both the Trump and Biden administrations, according to three former and current U.S. officials.The revelation comes nearly a month after then-Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Jan. 19, one day before U.S. President Donald Trump’s presidency ended, that China was carrying out a...

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State Department Office Sees Last-Minute Surge of New Evangelical Appointees

State Department Office Sees Last-Minute Surge of New Evangelical Appointees

The sweeping hires will leave the Biden administration with a depleted stable of experts on mass atrocities, including war crimes and genocide, and international justice, hampering its efforts to rebuild a department that has traditionally sought to hold the world’s worst mass murderers accountable for their crimes. However, it appears likely that incoming President Joe Biden’s State Department will be able to replace them with its own picks, as most have not served long enough to obtain permanent contracts.Colum Lynch is a senior staff writer at Foreign Policy. Twitter: Trending NowBy...

January 7, 2021
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The Huawei Ban Could Crush U.S. Overseas Aid Efforts 

The Huawei Ban Could Crush U.S. Overseas Aid Efforts 

A new U.S. law designed to keep Chinese telecommunications companies out of American networks is threatening to delay, disrupt, or kill vital U.S. military, diplomatic, and aid programs, particularly in Africa and Asia, where Chinese telecoms are the only game in town.The law, which went into effect in August, is intended to purge Chinese telecommunications technology from the communications systems of U.S. agencies and contractors, a task that is particularly challenging in countries that rely almost entirely on Chinese tech. Supporters hope the legislation will gradually wean American...

September 18, 2020
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It’s Not Just Trump. The World Worries America Is Broken.

It’s Not Just Trump. The World Worries America Is Broken.

DON'T LOSE ACCESS:Your IP access to ForeignPolicy.com will expire on June 15.To ensure uninterrupted reading, please contact Rachel Mines, sales director, at .For more than three years, many of America’s closest allies have comforted themselves with the thought that Donald Trump’s populist presidency was a historical aberration, and that the United States would ultimately return to its democratic and internationalist roots. But a season of pandemic and protest has shaken that faith, pulling back the curtain on a country plagued by deeper social, economic, and political ills.Today, the...

June 18, 2020
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