A Uighur woman beside a propaganda painting outside a military hospital near Kashgar in China’s Xinjiang region, where China is accused of using coercive family planning to reduce the Muslim population [File: Greg Baker/AFP]

United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday labelled as “shocking” and “disturbing” reports that China’s ruling Communist Party is using forced sterilisation, forced abortion and coercive family planning against minority Muslims.

Pompeo highlighted a report about the situation in China’s Xinjiang region by German researcher Adrian Zenz published by the Washington-based Jamestown Foundation think-tank.

Pompeo, a persistent critic of China, including its treatment of Muslims in Xinjiang, said in a statement that the findings were consistent with decades of Chinese Communist Party practices “that demonstrate an utter disregard for the

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