China welcomes exchanges, cooperation in human rights

16:19, October 21, 2010      

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China is willing to strengthen exchanges and cooperation in human rights with other countries and jointly put forward the development of the international human rights cause, Wang Chen, director of the Information Office of the State Council, said on Oct. 20 during the Third Beijing Forum on Human Rights held in Beijing.

Wang said since the Beijing Forum on Human Rights was first held in 2008, it has been held three times, and will be continued in the long term. This implies China's clear attitude toward the human rights issue and China's willingness to strengthen exchanges and cooperation in this area with other countries around the world.

He pointed out that amid rapid economic development over the past several years, China has not only advanced economic development but also attached great importance to the human rights cause. China has incorporated human rights into both the country's constitution and its economic and social development plans, and taken practical measures, such as alleviating poverty, improving medical care services, better protecting the rights and interests of women and children and increasing the income of the poor in order to ensure the availability of the rights to subsistence and development as well as political and cultural rights among other rights to citizens.

Wang stressed that it is one-sided and unfair to focus only on China's economic development and prosperity while turning a blind eye to the historical progress achieved by China in human rights.

He said given China's insufficient development and relatively weak development foundation, China needs to further improve its human rights. However, China is firmly determined to advance the development of the human rights cause and promote dialogues and cooperation in human rights. He hopes that human rights experts from around the world may have a better understanding of China's human rights cause and help China to cooperate with other countries in human rights, and its development.

The two-day Third Beijing Forum on Human Rights concluded on Oct. 20. The theme of this year's forum is "Human Rights and Development: Rethinking Concepts, Modes and Approaches." About 100 representatives from 28 countries, regions and international organizations conducted in-depth discussions and exchanges surrounding the theme.

By People's Daily Online


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