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US, China trading blows on rights

By Richard Halloran

In Beijing, the State Council Information Office, clearly awaiting the US report, lashed back but without, for the most part, trying to refute Washington’s allegations.

The Chinese said the US report was “full of carping and irresponsible remarks on the human rights situation in more than 190 countries and regions including China.”

In turn, the Chinese declared, in the US, “the police often abused their power, resulting in increasing complaints and charges for infringement upon civil rights. The proportion of women in the US who fell victim to domestic violence and sexual assault kept increasing.”

“The US has become one of the developed countries with the greatest income gap,” the Chinese report said. “About 16.4 million children lived in poverty and, for the first time in history, public schools reported more than one million homeless children.”

Moreover, “serious sex, racial and religious discrimination” afflicted the US, it said.

“The US seriously infringed upon human rights of other nations,” the Chinese report added. “In 2012, US military operations in Yemen, Afghanistan and Pakistan caused massive civilian casualties. US soldiers had also severely blasphemed against local residents’ religion by burning copies of the Muslim holy book, the Koran.”

Finally, the Chinese, who are quick to accuse others of interfering in China’s internal affairs, appeared to insert themselves into a political debate that rages throughout the US, claiming: “The US is among the few developed countries without health insurance covering its whole population.”

Was that an endorsement of Obamacare?

Richard Halloran is a commentator in Hawaii.

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