The U.S. has accused China of myriad human rights violations in an annual review.
The U.S. State Department has been publishing its yearly human rights report for 45 years. The agency's acting head of its bureau of democracy, human rights and labor, Lisa Peterson, said the administration believed China is guilty of genocide and crimes against humanity.
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken identified several of the alleged abuses and promised the U.S. would do more to address its own human rights failings.
The criticisms were included in the department's worldwide annual report on human rights released Wednesday. A large part of the report - about 50,000 words - was dedicated to an assessment of China's alleged violations.
The U.S. criticized China's treatment of ethnic minorities in Tibet and Xinjiang. It condemned China's censorship and its efforts to take full control of Hong Kong.
China released its own assessment of human rights. It criticized violations in the U.S. It said the U.S. allowed the proliferation of police brutality and gun violence. It highlighted the storming of the Capitol building earlier in the year. The report also zeroed in on the country's failed response to the virus pandemic.
Blinken acknowledged the country's shortcomings. He welcomed China's "constructive scrutiny" of its human rights situation as well as those made by the news media, advocacy groups and other governments.
"We know we have work to do at home. That's exactly what separates our democracy from autocracies: our ability and willingness to confront our own shortcomings out in the open. The way we confront our challenges at home will give us greater legitimacy in advocating for human rights abroad," Blinken said.