China accuses US of prejudice over human rights issues

China has responded to new U.S. allegations of widespread human rights abuses with its own accusations of prejudice and interference, saying the situation of rights in the country has “never been better.”

In presenting the annual U.S. State Department report on human rights around the world, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday that China “is in a league of its own when it comes to human rights abuses,” citing mass detentions of Muslims and repression of other religious minorities.

At a daily briefing on Thursday, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang dismissed the report as similar to previous years and “full of ideological prejudice.” He said it disregarded facts and made “groundless allegations” against China, and he praised the advancement of rights in the country.

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