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US State Department says China's human rights abuses are worsening

February 27, 2009

<US State Department’s full report on China available here > wtn

Washington has claimed China's human rights record was worsening, days
after Hillary Clinton, the new secretary of state, stated that abuses
would take a back seat in relations with the rising Asian power.

By Alex Spillius in Washington
The Telegraph, UK
Last Updated: 8:41PM GMT 25 Feb 2009

The annual State Department report on human rights said that China
stepped up repression last year in Tibet and Xinjiang, restricting
dissent and religious freedom.

"The government's human rights record remained poor and worsened in some
areas," the report said.

In a striking departure under President Barack Obama, Mrs Clinton
however said that the US would also try to uphold human rights on its
own territory.

"Not only will we seek to live up to our ideals on American soil, we
will pursue greater respect for human rights as we engage other nations
and people around the world," Mrs Clinton said in preface to the report.

Since taking office President Barack Obama has pledged to close the
Guantanamo detention centre in a year and vowed not to torture prisoners.

Mrs Clinton has however made it clear that she does not plan to badger
the Chinese on human rights when the two countries have so much at stake
trying to revive the world economy, a stance that drew howls of protest
from human rights groups.

The State Department's annual report has long been an irritant for
China, which has hit back with its own account of rights abuses in the
United States.

The report did not hold back on China, saying that its record had
"deteriorated severely" in Tibet.

China last year cracked down on major protests in Lhasa in March, the
anniversary of the 1959 uprising in which Tibet's spiritual leader the
Dalai Lama went into exile.

In addition to the killings during the crackdown, the State Department
said China had exposed those detained after the unrest to severe
beatings and lengthy deprivation of food, water and sleep.
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