China: Hey Washington, Stop Being So Hypocritical
The U.S. State Department released its annual survey of human rights in countries around the world on Thursday, criticizing North Korea, Russia, Cuba, Myanmar and China for their poor records. Now, Chinese officials are striking back. "China accused Washington of hypocrisy on Friday for its criticism of Beijing's restriction on the Internet and dissent, blaming the United States for the financial crisis and saying its own rights record was terrible," Reuters reported. In response to the U.S. State Department report, China's State Council Information Office has put out their own assessment of the U.S. human rights record. China's report is centered largely around the worldwide financial crisis, which it blames in the U.S. "'The United States not only has a terrible domestic human rights record, it is also the main source of many human rights disasters worldwide,' the Chinese report said, according to the official Xinhua news agency," Reuters reported. "Especially a time when the world is suffering serious human rights disasters caused by the global financial crisis sparked by the U.S. sup-prime crisis, the U.S. government has ignored its own grave human rights problems and reveled in accusing other countries."
Read original story in Reuters | Friday, March 12, 2010