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China Daily, People's Republic of China

Americans Shouldn't Point Fingers on Human Rights


Is the United States out of line for issuing reports about human rights abuse in other nations? According to this article from China's state-controlled China Daily, the United States doesn't give the People's Republic of China enough credit for the progress it has made over the past thirty years.


By Zhu Yuan


March 12, 2010


People's Republic of China - China Daily - Original Article (English)


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Why does the United States publish a report every year accusing China of having human rights problems? It seems that when it comes to human rights, the world leading power is accustomed to sitting on its moral high horse pointing fingers at others. But it seems unaware that human rights are a matter of perpetual effort in every nation - and that none should be audacious enough to brag about its human right record.


True, there is much to be desired in regard to human rights in China. But the same is true of the United States. We should never turn a deaf ear or blind eye to the three decades of effort by the Chinese government to improve human rights for the Chinese people. Meanwhile, Chinese people themselves have done well standing up to for the rights they are meant to enjoy.


Anyone who visited China before 1978 and compared the situation to the one that exists today would undoubtedly say that great progress has been made in terms of Chinese social democracy. For example, China's people have much more freedom of speech now than before 1978. And they have many more channels available to them to allow their voices to be heard. In setting public policy, the Chinese government has never paid as much attention as it does today to public opinion.††



When evaluating human rights conditions, one mustn't forget that this country has a history of over 5,000 years, and it's not easy to shake off the influence of tradition. It takes time for new ideas to take root and for Chinese people to change their way of doing things.


But just look at the great change that has taken place over the past three decades since the dawn of reform and opening up in 1978. Can anyone say that China is what it was three decades ago?




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Why, then, do some Americans always roll their eyes at what this country desires? Apart from being used to acting as the global police, it seems that they're stuck in a Cold War mentality, believing that China is a Communist State.


I hope more Americans come to China and see with their own eyes the changes that have taken place. It would likely be an eye-opening and mind-changing experience.


Donít point fingers at others on matters of human rights. If you're really concerned with China's human rights situation, please do more to help China develop, which is what would undoubtedly do the most to promote political reform.

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