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FM spokesman on China's victory to foil anti-China bid on human rights(15/04/04)

The United States isolated itself and gained an outcome of failure for tabling an anti-China draft resolution at UN human rights session, said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Kong Quan in Beijing on April 16(Beijing time)  after China again foiled an anti-China attempt brewed by the United States.

   "We demand the US side to face the reality, draw lesson from its failure, abandon confrontation and resolves the difference between China and the United States on human rights by dialogues and exchanges for the development of bilateral relations," he said.

   Kong made the announcement after an earlier voting in the session in Geneva.

   A "no-action" motion China tabled was passed by voting at the 60th session of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights.

   With 28 votes for, 16 against and 9 abstentions, the 53-member commission approved the Chinese motion, thus rejecting the US draft resolution against China before it was put to the vote.

   This is China's 11th victory over the US-led anti-China bid since 1990.

   The Chinese government expressed admiration and gratitude for all countries who uphold justice and show their support to China, Kong said.

   The US draft resolution "have no factual ground," the spokesman said. The Chinese government adheres to people-centered principle and is committed to do all it can in the interest of the Chinese people, he said, adding that the Chinese people enjoyed higher degree of rights and interests.

     "The Chinese people have their own heartfelt feeling on it and the international community also has fair judgment on it," Kong said.

   According to the spokesman, the Chinese government has carried out dialogues and cooperation with a number of countries, including the United States, in either bilateral or multilateral framework.

   "Proceeding from its own domestic political needs, the United States, however, again sought the path of confrontation," he said.

   "What it earned is an isolation and what it gained is a failure," he said.

   Of the 53 members now seating on the UN Commission on Human Rights, those who voted for China's no-action motion included Bahrain, Bhutan, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Congo, Cuba, Egypt, Eritrea,Ethiopia, Gabon, India, Indonesia, Mauritania, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Swaziland, Togo, Ukraine, Zimbabwe and China.

   Those who voted against the motion were Australia, Austria, Costa Rica, Croatia, France, Germany, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Sweden, Britain and the United States.

   And those voted with abstentions were from Argentina, Armenia, Chile, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Republic of Korea and Uganda.



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