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US-China tensions

China sanctions 28 Trump officials, including Pompeo

Beijing blasts outgoing secretary's Uighur genocide claims as 'waste paper'

Outgoing Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. One of his last official acts was to issue the statement on the Uighur situation in China.   © Reuters

BEIJING/WASHINGTON -- China slammed outgoing U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday for accusing the country of genocide against its minority Uighur Muslim population, likening the allegation to a "piece of waste paper." 

Early on Thursday morning, local time, Beijing followed up by announcing sanctions on 28 Trump administration officials, including Pompeo, right after Biden was sworn in as president.

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