US State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said the US government was "deeply troubled" by China's "worsening crackdown" on minority Muslim groups in the far western province of Xinjiang, saying there were "credible reports" of thousands being detained in detention centers since April 2017.
Suspected Uighurs from China's troubled far-western region of Xinjiang, sit inside a temporary shelter after they were detained at the immigration regional headquarters near the Thailand-Malaysia border in Hat Yai, Songkla March 14, 2014. (File photo: Reuters)
Uighur women grab a police officer as they protest in front of journalists visiting the area in Urumqi, China on July 7, 2009. (File Photo: AP)