M - China's top official in Xinjiang on Tuesday said the "vocational training centres" in the far western border region could eventually be phased out, as Beijing comes under growing global pressure over the mass detention camps, South China Morning Postreports.
"The government also is increasing its persecution against Christians, Tibetans and anyone who espouses different views from those or advocates of those of government or advocates change in government".
The US State Department on Wednesday slammed human rights violations in China, saying the sort of abuses it had inflicted on its Muslim minorities had not been seen "since the 1930s".
The "2018 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices" alleged that Chinese authorities have detained millions of Uyghurs, ethnic Kazakhs and other Muslims in internment camps in order to erase religious and ethnic identities, Reuters reported.
"Today, more than 1 million Uighurs, ethnic Kazakhs and other Muslims are interned in re-education camps created to erase their religious and ethnic identities".
In his opening remarks, Pompeo said he wished the countries evaluated in this year's report had spotless or even improved records, but he noted that it was "simply not the case".
In a tradition like no other, China has retaliated yet again to the United States' annual human rights report by issuing one of its own, focused on all of the "human rights violations" that were committed by the U.S. in the past year.
As for Iran, U.S. President Donald Trump's favorite bete noire, Pompeo alleged that past year, "the regime killed over 20 people and arrested thousands without due process just for protesting for their rights".
"In Nicaragua, when citizens peacefully protested social security benefits, they were met with sniper fire".
Pompeo acknowledged that despite extreme abuses in many countries, Washington would work with them if needed.
There is no routine access to China's presidential office and no presidential spokesman.
Meanwhile, Pompeo's own stance against evil in the world was undercut by the preface to the report, in which he writes: "The policy of this administration is to engage with other governments, regardless of their record, if doing so will further United States interests".
Pompeo listed countries such as Iran, South Sudan and Nicaragua as some of the worst abusers of human rights.
It said: "The double standards of human rights it pursues are obvious".
"Xinjiang has been a land of multireligious harmony and cultural integration", she told about 300 people who attended, most of whom were in Geneva to attend the ongoing 40th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council.
While the report is generally based on factual reporting, the United States can use it to signal changes in its views of other governments.
A separate section on the West Bank and Gaza Strip, areas that Israel captured along with the Golan Heights in a 1967 Middle East war, also did not refer to those territories as being "occupied" or under "occupation".
But the State Department insisted Wednesday that calling Golan "Israeli-controlled" instead of "Israeli-occupied" was not a policy shift in Israel's favour. "Today, the State Department continues to play a leading role in championing human rights across the globe, honouring the vision of our founders and expressing our time-honoured American aspiration for all people to be free", he said.
Human rights have been a prominent irritant in the U.S.