Pompeo addresses the Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom at the State Department in Washington [Mary F Calvert/Reuters]

China‘s treatment of its Uighur Muslim minority is the “stain of the century”, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Thursday.

Speaking at the US-hosted Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom conference, Pompeo also accused Beijing of pressuring countries not to attend the gathering.

“China is home to one of the worst human rights crises of our time,” Pompeo told participants at the end of the three-day conference in Washington, DC. “Is that consistent with the guarantee of religious belief that is found directly in the Chinese constitution?” 

Pompeo said Chinese government officials had sought to discourage countries from attending the event.

The US official, who this week said more than

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