China: UK human rights review a "political show"

12:58, March 19, 2010      

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China defended itself against Britain's latest annual review on human rights, calling the accusation a "political show."

The statement came on March 18 at a regular press conference given by Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang.

The 192-page report, released on March 17 immediately following British Foreign Secretary David Miliband's visit to China, named China as one of 22 countries with serious issues regarding human rights.

"China is making progress on human rights and the fundamental freedom of its people, and Chinese of all ethnic origins enjoy the equal rights and interests enshrined in the constitution," said Qin in the press briefing.

All the countries highlighted in the annual review were developing countries, and Britain did not mention itself and other Western developed countries where rampant human rights violations exist.

"Countries around the world tend to have difference perspective on human rights issues due to their history, culture and levels of development. However, China calls for dialogue and communication on the basis of equality and mutual respect to narrow the differences, oppose pressure, confrontation, double standards as well as avoid interference into other countries' internal affairs under the pretext of human rights," the spokesman added.

China has lately attached great importance to the development of rule of law, social progress as well as the construction of a fair, equal and harmonious society. Along with fast economic development, China's respect for human rights has grown, which is widely recognized by those without bias worldwide.

By People's Daily Online
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