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Post time 2006-3-13 10:18:21 |Display all floors
Last week, China bashed the new US human rights report by providing a number of retaliative arguments, some of which are valid but others probably deserve a more careful analysis. First of all this, this whole deal with the human rights reports every year is simply another platform for trash talking between the Chinese and Americans. It bears no real value whatsoever. China could simply ignore, disregard all accusations made by the US on China's human rights record, based on the ground that it's the internal affair of China. If the US support for Taiwan is called meddling with China's internal affairs, then what is it called when the US publishes a comprehensive list of accusations over China's human rights abuses.

What deserves a further look on the Chinese part, however, is that our criticism on the US treatment of Guantanmo Bay detainees doesn't really serve the national interest of China. We have a number of non-Han exxtreme secessionist groups in the western provinces; these people deserve to be harshly punished - in order to set an example for their followers, and ultimately, to protect the completeness of China's territory. In other words, I believe human rights, as is truly defined by American politicians, only applies to their own citizens. So the point of the whole post is to remind Chinese readers that "human rights" should be interpreted how we Chinese people would like to interpret it - we do not have to follow the western hypocritical definition. However, I do hope that "China's peaceful rise," Premier Wen's favorite buzzwords, apply to its own law-abiding citizens as well, regardless of their social and ecnomic backgrounds.

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Post time 2006-3-13 10:28:51 |Display all floors

Very well said


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Post time 2006-4-20 17:45:21 |Display all floors
some of china's slams include data of 2004 and 2003. i think they should only include data of 2005 coz its title is 2005. i have not read the total text of US report about china either. only some abstracts about each others
' reports. interesting.

Both China and US should improve their records of human rights.

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Post time 2006-4-21 00:41:49 |Display all floors
An American perspective.
A critical view of dominant powers is necessary to guard against power run amok.  The U.N., I believe is incapable of real oversight as it is susceptible to U.S. influence. The U.N. tends to bend our way on most things and often appears to be simply another tool of our foreign policy.
Who better at this point in our world抯 history than China to provide that oversight as it applies to the United States?  China抯 voice is largely (although not completely) independent of U.S. influence.  The problem is credibility. When exaggerations and even complete fabrications are sprinkled among the healthy criticisms, no-one takes China抯 human rights criticisms of the U.S. seriously. It is seen as just another in a long list of useless propaganda. In U.S. policy and history, there is certainly enough to be critical of. If China sticks to the truth, the criticisms can be taken seriously.
Perhaps China does not wish to be taken seriously. By continuing the propaganda war, each country retains the appearance of being critical to the other抯 misdeeds. By retaining the 搉ot-credible?label, neither country抯 criticisms interferes in a real way with the other抯 actions. Both are free to continue the abuse. This is a very neat and tidy way for each of these great powers to remain free from any real oversight.

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