Outgoing U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo right now formally decided that Beijing dedicated genocide in opposition to the Muslim inhabitants within the province of Xinjiang, proper earlier than what might be a significant parliamentary rebel in opposition to the U.Okay. authorities’s China coverage.
“I’ve decided that the Individuals’s Republic of China is committing genocide and crimes in opposition to humanity in Xinjiang, China, focusing on Uyghur Muslims and members of different ethnic and non secular minority teams,” Pompeo wrote on Twitter.
“These acts are an affront to the Chinese language individuals and to civilized nations all over the place. The Individuals’s Republic of China and the [Chinese Communist Party] have to be held to account,” he continued.
The surprising step comes only a day earlier than the inauguration of Joe Biden as U.S. president, and piles stress on U.Okay. Prime Minister Boris Johnson, whose authorities is right now combating off an try to limit the federal government’s skill to safe commerce offers with international locations deemed to have dedicated genocide.