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China-US Dialogue on Human Rights Is Held

From May 13 to 14, 2010, China and the US held a dialogue on human rights in Washington. Director-General of the Department of International Organizations and Conferences of the Chinese Foreign Ministry Chen Xu and the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Human Rights Michael H. Posner hosted the dialogue. Senior officials from the United Front Work Department of CPC Central Committee, the Supreme People's Court, the Legislative Affairs Commission of the Standing Commitlee of the NPC, the Ministry of Public Security, the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security, the State Council Information Office and the State Bureau of Religious Affairs on the Chinese side and the White House, the Department of State, the Department of Justice, the Department of Labor, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Commerce on the US side attended the dialogue. The Chinese delegation also visited the US Supreme Court and the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service.

During the dialogue, the two sides introduced their progress on human rights respectively and exchanged in-depth views widely on the issues of common concern, including UN human rights cooperation, rule of law, freedom of speech, labor rights and anti-racial discrimination. The Chinese side introduced the measures it had taken in recent years to develop democracy, strengthen rule of law and improve people's livelihood and the progresses which had been made and stressed that the judicial authorities will continue to handle cases according to law. It indicated the willingness of continuing to conduct dialogue and exchanges with the US side in the field of human rights on the basis of equal treatment and mutual respect, further increase understanding, reduce differences and expand common consensus. The US side made positive comments on the new progress made by China in the field of human rights and expressed willingness of strengthening dialogue and exchanges with China on human rights through dialogue. Both sides agreed that the dialogue is frank, open and constructive and the next round of dialogue on human rights will be held in China in 2011.


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