Zhao Qizheng, vice-chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of
the 10th CPPCC National Committee, said on Friday the US
Government's criticism of China's human rights record was
Speaking during a panel discussion of the ongoing annual session
of the 10th National Committee of the Chinese People's Political
Consultative Conference (CPPCC), he said: "Protection of the human
rights of all Chinese citizens was guaranteed by the Constitution.
Progress has been continuously made in this field."
Progress in protecting human rights in China was transparent and
public, according to Zhao, former minister of the State Council
China has issued more than 20 white papers involving the
development of its human rights so far, according to Zhao.
Chinese residents are satisfied with the level of protection, as
are most foreign countries, he said.
The United States was not really concerned with human rights in
China, but aimed to exert political pressure on the nation, a
comment from Singapore said.
On Wednesday, Washington released an annual report on human
rights around the world. It said China's human rights record
"remained poor, and the government continued to commit numerous and
In response, Beijing on Thursday released a white paper on the
human rights record of the US in 2005. In many languages, it argued
that the United States' racial discrimination remained pervasive
and that the American military abused prisoners held at detention
"Our white paper is well-grounded," Zhao said. All examples had
English attributions, according to Zhao.
"But the criticism of the US over China's human rights is
groundless, many facts were merely surmised or fabricated," he
Zhu Yinghuang, a member of the 10th CPPCC National Committee,
said the most unforgettable news photo last year was a female
soldier in her twenties abusing an Iraqi prisoner of war.
"The United States was the most unqualified to comment on other
countries' human rights records last year," he said, adding that
the US had its political purposes in acting as the self-styled
"guardian of human rights."
"Different countries should have equal talks to promote the
development of human rights," he said.
The US State Department began to publish reports on human rights
practices in other countries in 1977. As in previous years, the US
State Department pointed the finger at human rights situations in
more than 190 countries and regions, including China, but kept
silent on the serious violations of human rights in the US.
(China Daily March 13, 2006)