US Secretary of State Pompeo announces new global body on religious freedom

US Secretary of State Pompeo announces new global body on religious freedom

He said the building of vocational education and training centers in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region was an effective way to maximally ensure the basic rights, including the rights to subsistence and development, of people in Xinjiang.

"We know the Chinese government called countries specifically to discourage participation", the spokesman said, but "we can not prove the exact number they successfully impacted". "They collude with heretics, which once again exposes a sordid and hypocritical face".

Pence reaffirmed US support for "people of faith in China" regardless of the outcome of US-China trade negotiations.

Pompeo underlined that governments alone can not properly tackle the problem of violation of religious freedom, saying countries needed to support civil society groups.

Spokesman Geng Shuang was responding to the officials' respective speeches at the State Department's Religious Freedom Ministerial this week, a three-day event to discuss how to best preserve freedom of worship around the world and combat noxious authoritarian actors that persecute religious minorities.

Citing Tsai's remarks, Kao said: "The religious freedom we enjoy in Taiwan is an integral part of our democratic way of life and one of the most important assets we can share with the global community", which is why Pompeo not long ago highlighted Taiwan as "a reliable democratic partner and a force for good in the world".

Pompeo issued a similarly striking rebuke of Communist Party religious policy.

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Pence drew attention to the mass detention of more than one million Chinese Muslims and ethnic Uighurs in the Xinjiang province of China; they have endured brainwashing by Chinese authoritiesin what survivors have described as "a deliberate attempt by Beijing to strangle Uighur culture and stamp out the Muslim faith", Pence said. "Chinese Government officials have even discouraged other countries from attending this very gathering".

Pompeo, an evangelical Christian, has made promoting religious freedom a priority since becoming secretary of state.

The Chinese government on Thursday rejected any suggestion that it abuses religious and human rights.

"I have to point out that the remarks by those people [the persecuted] are seriously wrong".

"In China this situation of so-called religious persecution does not exist", Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang told a news briefing in Beijing after the White House ceremony.

"Those the USA invited to the so-called religious meeting include a member of the Falun Gong cult and some other people who have been smearing China's religious policy". "We deplore and strongly oppose that. Is that consistent with the guarantee of 'freedom of religious belief"' that is found directly in the Chinese constitution?

China on Friday demanded that the United States should respect facts, discard prejudice, and stop intervening in China's internal affairs by using religious issues.

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