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China opens discussion on human rights issues

By  Qiang Wei  (People's Daily)    09:44, June 20, 2016

China has devoted much efforts and scored satisfactory achievements when it comes to human rights in recent years, wrote an article published on the People’s Daily on Wednesday.

According to the article titled “New Progress in China’s Human Rights,” from 2012 to 2015 China’s GDP volume increased by 7.4 percent on average annually, and disposable income of urban residents grew by 7.5 percent on average every year. Net income of rural residents saw an average of 9.2 percent raise per year.

As a result, millions of jobs were created in cities while 66.63 million rural residents were lifted out of poverty.

More than 95 percent of people in China have basic medical insurance while 80 percent are covered by social security, the article read.

According to data from the article, the number of impoverished people in Ningxia, Xinjiang and six other ethnic minority regions in China was reduced from 31.21 million to 18.13 million from 2012 to 2015.

The percentage of female deputies in the 12th National People’s Congress, China’s parliament, went up by 2.07 percent, and the national sex ratio at birth in 2015 dropped to 113.5 males for every 100 females, the article wrote.

By 2015, there were 105,000 nursing homes across the country, a 138 percent increase from 2012. Meanwhile, home-care was available in all urban communities and over half of rural communities, according to the article.

As for disabled people in China, the article noted that in urban and rural areas 10.88 million received a basic living allowance. Nearly 22.3 million disabled people were covered by social security and 30.23 million were insured for basic medical care.

China has also pledged its commitment to human rights issues on multiple occasions. During the 32nd session of the UN Human Rights Council on Monday, Ma Zhaoxu, Chinese Permanent Representative to the UN Office at Geneva and Other International Organizations in Switzerland, put forward seven principles for promoting global human rights discussion and cooperation.

In a joint statement for the 4th round of China-Germany Inter-governmental Consultation issued that same day, both sides vowed to continue to hold constructive human rights discussions founded on the principles of equality and mutual respect.

Early this year, China also emphasized human rights cooperation in joint statements with Switzerland, the Czech Republic and other European countries.

“I’d like to see the West begin to recognize China’s human right achievements and China begin to reject Western-tinged conspiracy theories,” said Robert Lawrence Kuhn, a US political/economics analyst and international corporate strategist.

Citing China’s extensive judiciary reform in 2014 and abolishment of organ donations from executed prisoners in 2015, Kuhn stated these are historic improvements in China’s human rights.

“Both would benefit from an ideology-neutral realism as China continues, in its own way, at its own pace, to improve human rights throughout society,” he added. 

(For the latest China news, Please follow People's Daily on Twitter and Facebook)(Editor:Wu Chengliang,Bianji)

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