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International relations

Pence tears into China over treatment of Uighurs

US backs religious freedom no matter how trade talks go, vice president vows

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK -- The U.S. is ratcheting up pressure on the Chinese government regarding human rights, hoping to hit Beijing where it hurts as bilateral tensions ripple beyond trade. But China steadfastly maintains that there is no religious persecution within its borders.

America has "spoken out against religious persecution in the People's Republic of China, and we do so again today," Vice President Mike Pence said Thursday at the State Department's Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom event in Washington.

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