Politics

January 20, 2021

Pompeo says China committed Uighur 'genocide'

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The Gist

 US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Tuesday that China has committed genocide in its repression of the Uighurs and other mainly Muslim peoples.

The List

  • "I believe this genocide is ongoing and that we are witnessing the systematic attempt to destroy Uighurs by the Chinese party-state,” said Mike Pompeo.
  • President-elect Joe Biden's choice for secretary of state, Anthony Blinken, told a Senate confirmation hearing that he agreed with Pompeo's new designation. 
  • The Trump administration did not formally condemn China's actions against Uighurs earlier because of concerns about its impact on trade talks.
  • On his final day in office, Pompeo accused China of crimes against humanity, citing torture of civilians that were detained by the Communist party.
  • Pompeo called the international community "to join the United States in our effort to promote accountability for those responsible for these atrocities”. 

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