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Pompeo uses Jakarta visit to blast China's treatment of Uighurs

Top US diplomat says poses 'gravest threat to the future of religious freedom'

JAKARTA -- U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday called China's alleged human rights abuse of Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang province the "gravest threat to the future of religious freedom" in an address to an Islamic organisation in Jakarta.

"I know that the Chinese Communist Party has tried to convince Indonesia to look away from the torments that your fellow Muslims are suffering... Think about what you know of how authoritarian governments treat those who resist its rule," Pompeo told the youth wing of Nahdlatul Ulama, Indonesia's largest Muslim group, alluding to Indonesia's 30 years of dictatorship under former President Suharto.

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