Mike Pompeo declares China's treatment of Uighurs 'genocide'
- Outgoing secretary of state imposes new sanctions on Beijing
- Officials say 1m minorities in Xinjiang have been imprisoned
The US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, has declared that China is committing “ongoing” genocide against Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang province, less than 24 hours before leaving office.
The incoming Biden team termed the persecution of Uighurs a genocide in August, but the Trump administration did not make a formal declaration, reportedly over concerns of its impact on trade talks. In the closing weeks of an administration it is customary for it to defer major policy moves to its successor.