China criticises US security report

Published on Mar 21, 2006 01:01 PM IST

China has taken strong exception to what it terms US' "wrong opinions" about it's human rights record.

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None | ByAnil K Joseph (PTI), Beijing

China on Tuesday objected to what it termed United States' "wrong opinions" about Beijing's human rights record and its military spending.

"China has made a strong representation against the US for its wrong opinions on the country in the US National Security Strategy report issued recently," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said.

"We ask the US side to stop releasing remarks that are harmful to the healthy development of the Sino-US relations, to mutual understanding and to regional peace, stability and development," Qin was quoted by Xinhua as saying.

Though the report on one hand noted that China shares many common interests with the US, Qin said, but on the other, "made irresponsible remarks to groundlessly reproach China's domestic and foreign policies, and interfered in China's internal affairs."

"China expressed its strong dissatisfaction with the above wrongdoings of the US and has made strong representations against the US," Qin said.

The Chinese statement came as diplomats from both the countries are preparing for Chinese President Hu Jintao's maiden visit to the US next month.

"We hope the US side will take feasible measures to eliminate harmful influence of the related remarks in the report and fulfill the consensus reached by the two state heads to fully promote the constructive partnership of cooperation in the 21st century with concrete acts, to safeguard the stable and healthy development of bilateral relations and the fundamental common interests of the two countries," Qin said.

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