President Donald Trump officially lumped China in with the likes of North Korea, Sudan, and Syria when it comes to human trafficking.
Over the last several months, China has been reluctant to work with the United States when it comes to devising a plan to deal with the defiant North Koreans.
In response, the U.S. issued their “Trafficking in Persons” report on Tuesday that placed China in the lowest tier, “Tier 3,” when it comes to human trafficking.
Conservative Tribune reports:
This move puts China on the same level as such wonderful countries like North Korea, Syria, Iran and Russia — you know, pretty much the worst of the worst that the world has to offer.
The full report can be found here.
The New York Times reported that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson highlighted that Chinese human trafficking directly correlates to the North Korean situation, and he was hopeful that exposing it to the world could lead to some changes.
Tillerson explained the reports decision making process.
“China was downgraded to Tier 3 status in this year’s report in part because it has not taken serious steps to end its own complicity in trafficking, including forced laborers from North Korea that are located in China,” Tillerson explained.
China responded to the U.S., calling them out for labeling them in such a damaging way.
“No country is immune from this problem and China does not appreciate being judged according to U.S. domestic laws and standards,” Lu Kang, a foreign Ministry spokesman, stated, according to NPR.
With this report, relations between the U.S. and China may be souring and a potential conflict with North Korea is looking more and more likely.
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