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12:00 AM, October 30, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 02:04 AM, October 30, 2020

Pompeo says China ‘gravest threat’ to religious freedom

China is the "gravest threat" to the future of religious freedom, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said yesterday, in his latest verbal assault on Beijing during a whirlwind Asian tour. 

Pompeo has made attacks against China the focus of his trip this week which kicked off in India and included visits to Sri Lanka, the Maldives, Indonesia and, later Friday, Vietnam.

In Indonesia -- which has the world's biggest Muslim population -- Pompeo took aim at China's treatment of its Uighur Muslim minority.

"The gravest threat to the future of religious freedom is the Chinese Communist Party's war against people of all faiths: Muslims, Buddhists, Christians alike," Pompeo said in a speech yesterday.

"The atheist Chinese communist party has tried to convince the world that its brutalisation of Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang is necessary as counter-terrorism or poverty alleviation," he added, saying their effort failed.

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