The worst possible interpretation of this misstatement is that it once again seeks to compare Islamist struggles to the Holocaust. A typical example of the genre was the false analogy between Syrian Muslim migrants and Jews during the Holocaust.
But whatever metric you use, this statement is just wrong.
“For me, you haven’t seen things like this since the 1930s,” Michael Kozak, the head of the State Department’s human rights and democracy bureau told the same briefing, referring to abuses of China’s Muslim minority in the Xinjiang region.
China has never stopped repressing its population.
Tiananmen Square was not all that long ago. Then we can look back at the Cultural Revolution or the actual Communist genocide that took place during the conquest and consolidation.
The Great Leap Forward may have killed as many as 50 million people.
So this statement is absurd and wrong. But it's typical of the consequences of the hard Islamist push, by Turkey, Qatar and its Brotherhood allies, in defense of Islamist groups in China, accompanied by exaggerated and privileged rhetoric.
Now, politicians who usually ignore human rights in China, are trotting out false WW2 analogies that are inappropriate and wrong.
And, more importantly, they overlook the larger human rights situation in the PRC.