China blasts US human rights record, Middle East wars in response to US accusations
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Stop preaching on rights: China to US
Indianexpress.com, April 11, 2011
China has asked “preacher” US to stop interfering in its internal affairs “under the pretext” of raising human rights issues, close on the heels of an annual State Department report slamming it for trying to limit freedom of speech and “arbitrarily” detaining activists.
“China and the US have disagreements on human rights issues, about which we are willing to engage in dialogue based on equality and mutual respect,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said, reacting to the State Department’s report. “But we are firmly against interfering in our internal affairs under the pretext of human rights issues,” Hong said.
With continuing economic growth, constantly improving democracy and law system, all ethnic groups in China enjoy extensive rights, Hong said. He urged US to reflect more on its own human rights issues rather than acting as a “preacher of human rights”.
China savages ‘poor’ US rights record
AFP, April 11, 2011
US society is plagued by violent crime, poverty, race and gender discrimination and a host of other ills, Beijing said in a scathing rebuttal of a US report criticising China’s human rights record.
The report released late Sunday by China’s government also lamented the bloodshed of US wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, reports of waterboarding and other harsh treatment of US enemy combatants, and said the American political system was in thrall to moneyed interests.
“The United States has turned a blind eye to its own terrible human rights situation and seldom mentions it,” said the report, which is issued each year to rebut an annual US State Department report on human rights around the world.