China knocks US record after criticism of human rights abuses

China knocks US record after criticism of human rights abuses

China on Thursday knocked the human rights record of the U.S. one day after the State Department slammed China over its own human rights record. 

China’s State Council said the U.S. has a “flawed and lackluster” human rights record, according to Reuters.

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“The double standards of human rights it pursues are obvious,” the council added.

Additionally, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said a State Department report released Wednesday, which detailed human rights abuses in China and other nations, was filled with “ideological prejudice."

“We also advise that the United States take a hard look at its own domestic human rights record, and first take care of its own affairs," he said.

The State Department's “Country Reports on Human Rights Practices,” released Wednesday, detailed human rights abuses in Iran, South Sudan and Nicaragua in addition to China. But Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoOvernight Defense: 1,500 troops heading to Mideast to counter Iran | Trump cites Iran tensions to push through Saudi arms sale | Senate confirms Army, Navy chiefs before weeklong recess Senators say Trump using loophole to push through Saudi arms sale Trump to send 1,500 troops to Middle East to counter Iran MORE said Wednesday that China was “in a league of its own" due to the country's abuses of its Muslim minority population.

"In just 2018, China intensified its campaign of detaining Muslim minority groups at record levels," Pompeo said.

"Today, more than 1 million Uyghurs, ethnic Kazakhs, and other Muslims are interned in reeducation camps designed to erase their religious and ethnic identities," he added.

In December, the State Department reported that China has detained at least 800,000 Muslim minorities in internment camps.  

Michael Kozak, the head of the State Department’s human rights and democracy bureau, added Wednesday that he hasn't "seen things like this since the 1930s," which Reuters reported was an apparent reference to Adolf Hitler’s Germany and Joseph Stalin’s Soviet Union.