The U.S. State Department published its annual report on global human rights abuses on Wednesday, spotlighting China’s mass detention of Uighur Muslims in the rollout.
The head of the State Department human rights bureau compared China’s actions to the horrors of Stalin’s Russia and Nazi Germany in the 1930s.
Furious Chinese officials responded by accusing the United States of “prejudice” and a “Cold War mentality.”
Ambassador Michael G. Kozak, the senior official at the State Department Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, responded to a question about China’s human rights record by agreeing with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that the Chinese “are in a league of their own.”
The State Department human rights report was highly critical of Saudi Arabia and stated Khashoggi’s murder was perpetrated by Saudi government agents.