Pompeo said that details of the group, dubbed the International Religious Freedom Alliance, were still being worked out but that it would "bring like-minded countries together" to make the issue a priority.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivered the key note speech at the Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom in Washington, D.C. on Thursday.
The secretary of state singled out China as he listed out many countries for violation of religious freedom.
"But in one of the greatest ironies in the history of Christianity, in today's Communist China, we actually see the fastest growth in the Christian faith that we have ever seen anywhere on Earth in the last 2,000 years", Pence said.
"We demand that the USA abide by objective facts, abandon prejudice, correctly look at China's religious policies and the state of religious freedom, and stop using religious issues to interfere in other countries' internal affairs".
Pence reaffirmed US support for "people of faith in China" regardless of the outcome of US-China trade negotiations.
Pence mentioned China's persecution of Muslims but also called out China for its violation of the religious liberty of Christians, saying it bans the sale of Bibles and prohibits the construction of churches.
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"We know the Chinese government called countries specifically to discourage participation".
President Donald Trump met with a group of victims of global religious persecution in the Oval Office Thursday that included the daughter of an imprisoned Uighur scholar, the nephew of a Tibetan Buddhist prisoner who died in Chinese custody and a Falun Gong practitioner whose husband remains a political prisoner. He stated that "religious freedom isn't just a Christian concern, a Jewish concern, a Muslim concern, a Buddhist concern, a Hindu concern, or a humanist concern".
"There is no so-called religious persecution in China at all", Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said, according to China Daily.
"Those the United States invited to the so-called religious meeting include a member of the Falun Gong cult and some other people who have been smearing China's religious policy".
"Is that consistent with the guarantee of "freedom of religious belief" that is found directly in the Chinese constitution?" he asked. "And I'm confident that we are replicating them", Pompeo added.
He also announced the establishment of an International Religious Freedom Alliance.
"Muslim-majority countries must protest these abuses even at the risk of endangering the benefits from China's Belt and Road infrastructure projects", Smith said.