|China urges U.S. to stop interference by using annual human rights report|
BEIJING, March 12 (Xinhua) -- China on Friday refuted an annual human rights report issued by the U.S. State Department, urging the United States to stop interfering in other countries' domestic affairs by using human rights issues.
The ministry spokesman Qin Gang made the comment in response to questions about the newly-released 2009 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices, which again criticized China's human rights record.
Qin said the Chinese government attaches great importance to safeguarding and promoting human rights, and China's constitution and laws respect and ensure people's human rights.
Since China adopted the reform and opening-up policy, China had achieved steady economic and cultural development, seen continuous progress in the construction of democracy and the legal system, fully guaranteed the people's freedom of religious practice, and all ethnic groups had "gained more and more extensive freedom and rights," Qin said, noting the progress was a fact which should be obvious to every one.
China urged the U.S. side to examine its own human rights issues more and refrain from depicting itself as a human rights watchdog, Qin said.
China was willing to carry out dialogues and exchanges with all the other countries on human rights issues on the basis of equity and mutual respect, so as to enhance mutual understanding, expand common views and reduce disparities, he said.
However, China firmly opposed any country's interference in its internal affairs by using human rights issues, Qin said.