(October 28, 1999) China on October 28, 1999
expressed strong resentment over U.S. charges against
China's dealing with the Falun Gong cult.
Commenting on U.S. Department of State
spokesman James Rubin's remarks on the matter on October 27,
Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Zhang Qiyue said that Rubin has
made gratuitous charges against the Chinese government's
settlement of the Falun Gong issue by distorting facts, and
the Chinese side expressed strong resentment over that.
It must be pointed out, Zhang said, that China
is a country ruled according to law, and China's laws not
only protect the freedoms of association, speech, assembly
and religious belief of its citizens, but also brook no
abuses of these freedoms by anyone.
shown that the Falun Gong cult harms the physical and mental
health of the people, and undermines normal public order,
Zhang said, adding that it is an anti-science, anti-humanity
and anti-society cult.
government will ever allow cults to harm the people's
safety, or undermine public order and social
stability," the spokeswoman said, adding that
accommodation of cults is in itself trampling on the basic
human rights of the citizens.
government settles the Falun Gong issue according to laws,
and by doing so it is protecting the basic human rights and
the freedoms of citizens and safeguarding China's
Constitution and laws, Zhang said.
the Chinese government has done has won firm support from
the entire Chinese people," she said, adding that in
this issue the Chinese government firmly opposes any
irresponsible remarks on and interference in China's