China hits back at US over human rights
22 April 2013, 08:55
Beijing - China on Sunday accused the United States of human
rights violations through military operations abroad and failing to protect its
own citizens from gun violence, in a rejoinder to a US rights report.
The report, released by China's cabinet, the State Council,
said Washington has "turned a blind eye to its own woeful human rights
situation", despite styling itself as "the world judge of human
China - which officially includes rising living standards in
its definition of human rights - released the report in response to a US report
published on Friday that said China's rights record has worsened over the past
The US report highlighted a Chinese crackdown on ethnic
minorities, including Tibetans, the detention of political dissidents, as well
as the widespread surveillance of citizens by a huge domestic security
China responded by blasting US surveillance of its own
citizens, and said that political donations have damaged the country's
China's report, culled from a variety of sources, including
US media, also accused US wars in Iraq and Afghanistan of causing "massive
The report cited "astonishing" casualties that
resulted from mass shootings at a movie theatre in the state of Colorado in
July and at an elementary school in Connecticut in December.
"Americans are the most heavily armed people in the
world per capita," the report said. It added that the United States had
"serious" issues with discrimination of a sexual, racial and
"Non-whites do not enjoy equal political, economic and
social rights," the report said, claiming that "ethnic Americans are
discriminated against in the job market".
The exchange of critical reports between the two nations on
human rights has become an annual tradition, while relations between the
world's two largest economies remain strained over issues including
cyber-hacking and North Korea.
A copy of the report was published by China's official news