China critical of US human rights report Chris Buell at 8:21 AM ET
[JURIST] China has expressed "resolute opposition" to a US report critical of the country for its handling of human and religious rights, with a spokesman from the Foreign Ministry of China [official website, English version] arguing that the US was meddling in China's internal affairs. The report [full text] was released earlier this week [JURIST report] by the US Congressional-Executive Commission on China [official website], and it noted ongoing religious and speech repression in the country. The report also harshly criticized China's criminal justice system as rendering arbitrary and wrongful convictions. China's Foreign Ministry spokesman Kong Quan said the country respects individual rights even as it has continued to emphasize economic growth and dealt with an enormous population of 1.3 billion. Reuters has more.
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