TOKYO -- Moves to punish China have gained steam in major countries of late. The U.S., Britain, Canada and the European Union announced sanctions on China this week for alleged human rights abuses against Uyghur Muslims. In Japan, a cross-party move is emerging to introduce a law to slap sanctions on China.
The strict U.S. stance on China is especially noticeable. At his first formal news conference Thursday, U.S. President Joe Biden revealed that he had warned Chinese President Xi Jinping of America's "steep competition" with China.