Sankei reported on a statement issued by Secretary of State Pompeo on Tuesday, in which he said he is “deeply troubled” by recent reports on the detention and other forms of harassment and coercion of Uighurs by the Chinese government in Xinjiang Province. Explaining that some of these abuses occurred shortly after the detainees’ meetings with USG officials, the Secretary conveyed heartfelt condolences to the “courageous people” who were victimized by the Chinese Communist Party’s oppressive policy. The top U.S. diplomat demanded that Beijing stop harassing the Muslim minorities.
In a related story, NHK reported online on Wednesday evening on remarks made by Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Geng Shuang on Wednesday, during which he criticized the Secretary’s statement on China’s oppression of Uighur minorities. Geng said that the United States has repeatedly smeared China’s Xinjiang policy through “fact-distorting” comments and that China deplores and firmly opposes that.