China is the “gravest threat” to the future of religious freedom, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in his latest verbal attack in Beijing on Thursday during a fierce visit to Asia.
Pompeo’s trip this week focused on the attacks on China that started in India and included visits to Sri Lanka, Maldives, Indonesia and later on Friday, Vietnam.
In Indonesia – which has the world’s largest Muslim population – Pompeo’s goal was to treat China’s own Uyghur Muslim minority.
Pompeo said Thursday in a speech to leading Muslim organization Nahadatul Ulama: “The greatest threat to the future of religious freedom is the Chinese Communist Party’s war against people of all communities: Muslims, Buddhists, Christians and religious observers. of Falun Gong. ” “
“The atheist Chinese Communist Party has tried to convince the world that the brutality of Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang is as essential as terrorism or poverty reduction,” he said.
Rights groups say more than a million Uygars are sacked in camps in the northwestern Xinjiang region as Beijing tries to forcibly integrate the community and root out its Islamic heritage.
China has denied the numbers and described the camps as vocational centers that teach skills needed to fight Islamic fundamentalism after a series of attacks.
“But we know that during Ramadan there is no justification for counterterrorism by forcing Uighar Muslims to eat pork or destroy Muslim cemeteries,” Pompeo said.
“There is no justification for poverty reduction to forcibly sterilize, or remove children from their parents, to be re-educated in public boarding schools.”
Pompeo rejected Beijing’s “brilliant stories of happy Uygars”.
He said: “The Chinese Communist Party has tried to convince the Indonesians to look away from the suffering that is hurting your fellow Muslims… Search your hearts. Look at the facts. ”
“Think about what you know about how an authoritarian government treats those who oppose its rule.”
China is Indonesia’s biggest trading partner, and Southeast Asian country Beijing’s treatment of Uygars has been criticized.
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