Assistant Secretary of Defense Randall Schriver, the top Asia hand at the Pentagon who has criticized China’s Uyghur internment camps in Xinjiang, has resigned and will leave his post at the end of the month, RFA has learned.
Schriver, seen as a China hawk and a supporter of Taiwan, said in June that China’s mass incarceration of more than a million Uyghur Muslims in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region posed a security threat because it increased the “potential for radicalization” of the oppressed Muslims.
“We do worry about the effects these will have on regional security and potential for radicalization. Treating people this way can certainly lead to those outcomes,” he said at a conference on the Uyghur crisis.
Schriver was one of the first U.S. officials publicly to describe the Uyghur internment facilities as “concentration camps.”
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