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China calls Pompeo a 'doomsday clown' over labeling of country as a perpetrator of genocide

Pompeo's designation will have to be considered by U.S. government officials when crafting future policy toward China

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo
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Updated: January 20, 2021 - 1:06pm

China's foreign ministry on Wednesday called outgoing Secretary of State Mike Pompeo a "doomsday clown and his  designation of China as a perpetrator of genocide and crimes against humanity "a piece of wastepaper."

Hua Chunying, a spokesperson for the Chinese Communist Party, called Pompeo's allegations of ongoing abuse by the Chinese government of the Muslim minority groups in Xinjiang "outright sensational pseudo-propositions and a malicious farce concocted by individual anti-China and anti-Communist forces represented by Pompeo." 

"This American politician, who is notorious for lying and deceiving, is turning himself into a doomsday clown and joke of the century with his last madness and lies of the century," continued Hua. 

Pompeo's designation Tuesday will not have any immediate implications regarding United States' actions, however, the U.S. government will have to take into consideration the designation when formulating policy toward China. 

China has repeatedly denied the accusations, saying that its behavior in Xinjiang aims only to promote economic growth and stability. 

Over the past year, the United Staes has implemented a number of increasingly harsh sanctions against members of the CCP, as well as state-run companies, and imports from Xinjiang, including cotton and tomatoes, which were added to the list just last week.

China has captured more than 1 million people – primarily Uyghurs, but also some members of other Muslim ethnic groups – placing them in a large system of prison-like re-education camps.

Individuals at the camps have been forced into labor jobs, tortured and in some instances sterilized.

The ethnically and culturally distinct Chinese-Muslim population are being forced into the camps as part of a brutal assimilation campaign run by the CCP, in an attempt to create a culturally homogenous Han Chinese majority.

The camps in Xinjiang have been connected to a number of products imported to the United States, including electronic devices, clothing and hair products. 

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