US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday denounced China’s “shameful hypocrisy” over its treatment of Muslims as he met a former prisoner and relatives who recounted abuses as part of Beijing’s widespread detention of its Uighur minority.
“China must release all those arbitrarily detained and end its repression,” Pompeo tweeted.
“The world cannot afford China’s shameful hypocrisy toward Muslims. On one hand, China abuses more than a million Muslims at home, but on the other it protects violent Islamic terrorist groups from sanctions at the UN,” he said.
Pompeo was referring to China’s efforts at the United Nations to prevent the blacklisting of Islamist extremist Masood Azhar, based in Beijing ally Pakistan. Azhar’s group Jaish-e-Mohammad claimed responsibility over a deadly attack last month on Indian troops in Kashmir that triggered military skirmishes.
The top US diplomat met Tuesday with Mihrigul Tursun, a Uighur who has spoken publicly in the United States about what she said was widespread torture in China’s prisons for the minority group.
Pompeo, speaking to reporters on Tuesday, said that “certainly” at least hundreds of thousands of Uighurs had been detained.
“We’re working to convince the Chinese that this practice is abhorrent and ought to be stopped,” Pompeo said.
The United States seems to be taking a tough stance on various issues.
The US on Wednesday introduced a resolution to blacklist Masood Azhar, chief of Pakistan-based terrorist group Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) at the UN Security Council just hours before US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo slammed China for assuming double standards on terrorism.
The US resolution, supported by Britain and France comes two weeks after China prevented another move to proscribe Azhar, a person familiar with the development said.
On Wednesday, the US circulated a resolution – drafted with British and French support – to the 15-member UN Security Council (UNSC) that would designate Azhar a terrorist and subject him to an arms embargo, travel ban and asset freeze, the New York Times and Reuters news agency reported.
This was later confirmed by the person familiar with the matter cited above.
“The world cannot afford China’s shameful hypocrisy toward Muslims. On one hand, China abuses more than a million Muslims at home, but on the other it protects violent Islamic terrorist groups from sanctions at the UN,” the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a Twitter post just hours later.