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US lectures China on human rights

2011-05-09 18:02

Washington - US Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are both expressing concerns about the recent security crackdown that has occurred in China.

Biden and Clinton jointly raised the issue at the opening session of two days of high level talks in Washington between the United States and China.

They noted the large number of arrests that have occurred in China in the wake of the uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa.

Biden said President Barack Obama believes strongly that protecting human rights is the best way to promote stability in a country.

A top Chinese official said that China had made progress in the area of human rights.

Comments
  • goyougoodthing - 2011-05-09 18:21

    RICH, the USA lecturing another on human rights... I wonder who owns the companies that use Chinese labour and I wonder whose massive defence budget props up regimes which violate more human human rights.

      Gatvol - 2011-05-09 18:28

      Chinese companies employs the Chinese in China. US has lost a lot of jobs due to Chinese sweatshops. US don't treat their people like dogs the way the Chinese does.

      jontheb - 2011-05-09 19:03

      So true! If the USA was really interested in protecting human rights, then perhaps they would lay down some trade embargoes on China (stop buying goods made in China for eg.)The fact is that talk is cheap and they're merely paying lip-service to the democratic ideals they so easily espouse. Let me not even go down the road of reminding people how the CIA covertly supported the apartheid government. So much can be seen from our own history. For the proUS naysayers, go and read the TRC report (it's very well researched and provides both points of view - the nats, who felt betrayed and abandoned by the US, and the ANC, who were never supported and remain suspect of US actions to this very day)

      slg - 2011-05-09 20:02

      The main problem with what you and others like jontheb are saying is that you focus on the darkness within the light that is the US and you then support the true darkness that is out there in the world. The US is not all light, but it is a force for the good, the strongest force out there for the good. Unwittingly, or perhaps intentionally, you're undermining yourselves with this black-and-white type thinking, weakening the light and strengthening the dark.

  • squish - 2011-05-09 18:22

    I say that the US should stay out of it and let China continue commiting the human rights violations. It is their own people and there are enough of them. Who will miss a couple million kids?

      loftyninja - 2011-05-09 18:48

      Obvious troll is obvious.

  • patience.kabamba - 2011-05-09 18:44

    This is a hyper hypocrisy.The US vetoes a resolution asking for respect of Palestinian lives by stopping Israel in building new colonies. US destroyed Irak on lies, they violated Pakistani territory by enterin in a killing UBD etc...these are instances of respect of human rights in the US understanding!

      slg - 2011-05-09 20:08

      The US did not destroy Iraq, Patience, the suicide bombers and car bombers of Al-Quaeda and the Taliban did. The US is rebuilding Iraq. Then to focus on one UN resolution and to overlook the overwhelmingly strong force for positive change in the Middle East that is the US only underlies your own misperception of what is really going on. Why don't you look at the Middle East, notice that Israel is a tiny, tiny piece of land of that huge mass and suggest that the other countries work together with everyone to create a strong, viable Palestinian state, rather than be so destructive with your thinking. Israel is there to stay and it is far stronger than anything their opponents can and will deliver. So the more you oppose Israel, the more suffering you're bringing on the Palestinian people. The descendants of the modern-day Israelis have been there for as long as the Palestinians, so you're actually being the hypocrite by making things worse.

  • Cire - 2011-05-09 18:45

    About time too - remember Tibet the victim of violent racist colonial occupation. A luta continua

  • slg - 2011-05-09 20:16

    News24, it's disappointing that you would chose this headline. The US is not "lecturing" CHina, it's making it's position clear that it disagrees with China's ongoing abuse of human freedoms. China is a recently Communist country born out of the horrendous human rights abuses of Mao Tse Tung, where millions of people, yes millions of people, who did not conform to Maoist doctrine were killed. It's low and cheap that you would use this headline.

      Irené - 2011-05-10 10:26

      SLG it is really scary how convinced you are the US is the only ray of light in a dark world. Tell me, if US is a force of light in a bad world, how come all the US CAPITALIST business men CHOOSE to move their business to CHINA for CHEAP LABOUR (inc child and sweat shops)? Are they the few misguided ones? please get your head out of your ass- The US benefits greatly from Chinas questionable business practices. If it wern't for China, the US would be BANKRUPT, so maybe you should thank the 'EVIL COMMUNISTS' for keeping your country a drift.

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