China, US to hold human rights dialogue

08:18, April 27, 2011      

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China and the United States will hold a new round of human rights dialogue in Beijing on April 27 and 28, Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said Tuesday.

Chen Xu, director-general of the Department of International Organizations and Conferences of the Chinese Foreign Ministry, will co-chair the dialogue with Michael Posner, assistant secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor of the United States, said Hong.

During the dialogue, the two sides will exchange views on issues of common concern. They will discuss new developments in both countries concerning human rights, as well as their cooperation on human rights at the United Nations.

Regarding China-US differences on human rights issues, Hong said the two sides can enhance mutual understanding through dialogue based on equality and mutual respect.

"We oppose that any country interferes in China's internal affairs under the pretext of human rights issues," said Hong.

Adhering to the people-oriented policy, the Chinese government has implemented the "China respects and protects human rights" principle of its Constitution, said Hong, adding that China has made remarkable progress in human rights.

"China is willing to carry out dialogues with related parties based on equality and mutual respect to pursue common progress and development," said Hong.

Source: Xinhua
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