Citing poor media freedoms, racism and "ideological prejudice", China hit back on Thursday in unusually strong terms after the U.S. State Department slammed China's rights record, including equating abuses on its Muslim minorities with the 1930s.U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo highlighted abuses in Iran, South Sudan, Nicaragua and China in the department's annual "Country Reports on Human Rights Practices," but told reporters that China was "in a league of its own when it comes to human rights violations".
Michael Kozak, the head of the State Department's human rights and democracy bureau, said mistreatment of China's Muslim minorities in the Xinjiang region was like hadn't been seen "since the 1930s", apparently referring to the policies of persecution of Hitler's Germany and Stalin's Soviet Union.Speaking in Beijing, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said the U.S. report was as usual filled with "ideological prejudice" and groundless accusations, and that China had lodged a complaint with Washington about it.
China fully safeguards human rights and China has made many achievements in this regard, he added."We also advise that the United States take a hard look at its own domestic human rights record, and first take care of its own affairs."China has roundly rejected concern about its policies in Xinjiang, where rights groups say the government is operating internment camps holding a million or more Muslims