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China and the US Hold the 19th Human Rights Dialogue

2015/08/15

On August 13, 2015, the 19th China-US Human Rights Dialogue was held in Washington DC. Secretary of State John Kerry of the US and H.E. Cui Tiankai, Chinese Ambassador to the US, attended and addressed the opening ceremony. The Dialogue was co-chaired by Director-General of the Department of International Affairs of the Foreign Ministry Li Junhua and Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Tom Malinowski of the US, and attended by dozens of senior officials from the Supreme People's Court, the United Front Work Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, the Legal Working Committee of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, the State Ethnic Affairs Commission, the Ministry of Public Security, the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security, the State Administration for Religious Affairs and the Information Office of the State Council of China as well as the State Department, the National Safety Council, the Department of Commerce, the Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency of the US.

At the Dialogue, both sides exchanged views on issues such as new progress in human rights, legislation and view of human rights, multilateral cooperation in human rights, rights and obligation of free speech, religious freedom, and combating racial discrimination, terrorism and violent extremism. They held that the dialogue was candid, in-depth and professional and helped boost mutual understanding.

The Chinese side stressed at the Dialogue that there is no globally applicable path for human rights development, and each country should choose a suitable path in line with its national conditions and the demand of its people, which should not be imposed upon by other countries. China and the US should, in principle of mutual respect and equal treatment, view each other's human rights situation in a comprehensive and objective manner and deal with their divergences on human rights through dialogue, cooperation and other constructive ways thus create new highlights in joint building of the new type of major-country relationship between the two countries.

The Chinese side pointed out the human rights problems in the US, such as racial discrimination, excessive use of force by police, and the violation of the human rights of other countries through massive surveillance activities. After the Dialogue, the Chinese delegation had a discussion with assistants of Congressmen and relevant scholars of the US and visited the detention center in Montgomery County, Maryland of the US.

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