China lashed out on Thursday against a resolution passed by the US House of Representatives that criticizes Beijing's humans rights record and calls on it to end its support for Myanmar and Sudan.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao said that the bill has "fully exposed their evil motives to politicize the Olympics and interrupt and sabotage the Beijing Olympics."
"We urge the American side to stop the disgusting actions of this small group of anti-Chinese lawmakers," Liu was quoted as saying on the ministry's Web site. "This action itself is blasphemous to the spirit of the Olympics, and is against the will of the people all over the world, including the American people." China's critics say that the country has failed to follow through on pledges to improve human rights that were included with its bid to host the Aug. 8-24 games. China says it has improved its record. The resolution, which passed 419 votes to 1 on Wednesday, said immediate action was needed to stop the abuses, including arrests and imprisonment of Chinese activists and Tibetans. This way, the Olympics will "take place in an atmosphere that honors the Olympic traditions of freedom and openness," the resolution said.
Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi urged US President George W. Bush to deliver a strong message of concern to top Chinese officials when he attends the games.