Pompeo: 'I wish the NBA would acknowledge' China's treatment of Uyghur Muslims

Pompeo: 'I wish the NBA would acknowledge' China's treatment of Uyghur Muslims
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Secretary of State Mike PompeoMike PompeoSunday shows - Biden foreign policy in focus Pompeo defends Trump on Russia in Chris Wallace interview Pompeo: Decline of free speech on college campuses keeps me up at night MORE criticized China's treatment of Uyghur Muslims on Friday amid the NBA's recent controversy regarding a team manager's statements about the country on Friday.

In an address to the American Association of Christian Counselors in Nashville, Tenn., Pompeo proclaimed that George Orwell's dystopian novel, "1984", was coming to life in Xinjiang, a province in western China home to the country's Uyghur Muslim minority community.

"The Chinese Communist Party is detaining and abusing more than one million Uyghur Muslims in internment camps in Xinjiang, the western region of China. The pages of George Orwell's 1984 are coming to life there. I wish the NBA would acknowledge that," Pompeo said.

Pompeo's remarks come as the NBA has come under fire from lawmakers in Washington for its handling of a tweet by Houston Rockets general manger Daryl Morey that expressed support for pro-democracy demonstrators in Hong Kong.

Morey later deleted the tweet, and NBA Commissioner Adam Silver apologized for offending Chinese fans, which upset many lawmakers.

Silver later defended Morey and his right to free expression in subsequent statements that have angered Chinese officials and resulted in Chinese sports organizations severing all ties with the Houston Rockets and canceling some NBA fan events in the country.