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U.S.'s Pompeo says China's treatment Muslims 'enormous human right violation' -PBS interview

U.S.'s Pompeo says China's treatment Muslims 'enormous human right violation' -PBS interview
FILE PHOTO: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivers statements at the State Department in Washington, U.S., October 9, 2019.REUTERS/Erin Scott -
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a television interview on Wednesday that China’s treatment of Muslims, including the Uighurs, in western China was an “enormous human rights violation” and Washington will continue to raise the issue.

“This is not only an enormous human rights violation, but we don’t think it’s in the best interests of the world or of China to engage in this kind of behaviour,” Pompeo told PBS.

Asked whether Chinese President Xi Jinping was responsible, Pompeo said: “Xi Jinping leads the country just like the leader of a tank platoon, a small business or a country is responsible for the things that happen in your name.”

(Reporting by Eric Beech; Writing by Mohammad Zargham)

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