Elnigar Iltebir speaking at a conference on Sep 26, 2011
As China Cracks Down on Uighurs, a Uighur American Joins the White House
  • Wed, 08/14/2019 - 21:10

BY AMY MACKINNON, ROBBIE GRAMER | AUGUST 14, 2019, 3:12 PM

The Trump administration has appointed a Uighur American academic as director for China at the National Security Council in a symbolic move that could impact talks—and relations—between the two countries. 

Current and former U.S. officials told Foreign Policy that Elnigar Iltebir, a Harvard Kennedy School-educated academic and daughter of a prominent Uighur intellectual and journalist, was recently appointed to the White House post. Under the U.S. President Donald Trump, there has been a trend of avoiding public announcements regarding National Security Council appointments.

In her role, Iltebir will be tasked with helping to manage China policy, one of the most critical priorities for the Trump administration, including issues related to trade, military, and human rights. Iltebir’s family hails from the northeastern Chinese region of Xinjiang, where Beijing has been accused of waging a cultural genocide against the predominantly Muslim Uighurs.

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