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China’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Wednesday, they strongly oppose the US accusations over the human rights issues in the north-western region of Xinjiang.

The Ministry said they oppose the US’ interference in China’s internal affairs.

These comments come after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo officially declared that China is committing genocide and crimes against humanity against Uyghur Muslims and ethnic and religious minority groups who live in the Xinjiang province.

Pompeo said: “This genocide is ongoing, and…we are witnessing the systematic attempt to destroy Uyghurs by the Chinese party-state.”

“Since at least March 2017, local authorities dramatically escalated their decades-long campaign of repression against Uyghur Muslims and members of other ethnic and religious minority groups, including ethnic Kazakhs and ethnic Kyrgyz,” he added.