China Tells U.S. to Quit As Human Rights Judge

Human Rights in ChinaChris Buckley reports for Reuters:

The United States is beset by violence, racism and torture and has no authority to condemn other governments’ human rights problems, China said on Sunday, countering U.S. criticism of Beijing’s crackdown.

The row between Beijing and Washington over human rights has intensified since China’s ruling Communist Party extended its clampdown on dissidents and rights activists, a move which has sparked an outcry from Washington and other Western governments.

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei is the most prominent of the activists to be detained by police or held in secretive custody in the latest crackdown.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Friday she was “deeply concerned” about it, and cited “negative trends” including Ai’s detention.

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32 Comments on "China Tells U.S. to Quit As Human Rights Judge"

  1. You’d think a country that values subtlety so much would appreciate the difference between the place that exercises ‘soft power’ to silence and intimidate its citizens…

    …over the place that squashes them with tanks.

  2. You’d think a country that values subtlety so much would appreciate the difference between the place that exercises ‘soft power’ to silence and intimidate its citizens…

    …over the place that squashes them with tanks.

    • De Carabas | Apr 12, 2011 at 12:09 am |

      I’m confused, which country is which exactly? Sadly I am not joking. I can think of a dozen examples of assaults on citizens in the US by the government. At least two did in fact involve tanks. We love to pretend that we are very different than the PRC but really you add a poll tax to our system and make governors appointed rather than elected and the only real differences left would be cultural.

    • ludlow massacre….

    • DeepCough | Apr 12, 2011 at 1:39 am |

      Doesn’t help that we have a higher prison population than Commie China.

  3. De Carabas | Apr 12, 2011 at 4:09 am |

    I’m confused, which country is which exactly? Sadly I am not joking. I can think of a dozen examples of assaults on citizens in the US by the government. At least two did in fact involve tanks. We love to pretend that we are very different than the PRC but really you add a poll tax to our system and make governors appointed rather than elected and the only real differences left would be cultural.

  4. ludlow massacre….

  5. DeepCough | Apr 12, 2011 at 5:39 am |

    Doesn’t help that we have a higher prison population than Commie China.

  6. waco….fuck em up as long they’re “crazy”, USA USA USA USA USA

  7. Amonynous | Apr 12, 2011 at 6:08 am |

    Is asking where that Manning guy is appropriate here?

  8. Amonynous | Apr 12, 2011 at 2:08 am |

    Is asking where that Manning guy is appropriate here?

  9. Bud Bundy | Apr 12, 2011 at 8:30 am |

    Really China?

  10. Bud Bundy | Apr 12, 2011 at 4:30 am |

    Really China?

  11. Hmm. Are China hypocrites or do they have a point? This one’s a toughie. However, we all know that two wrongs don’t make a right…

  12. Hmm. Are China hypocrites or do they have a point? This one’s a toughie. However, we all know that two wrongs don’t make a right…

  13. Pot, meet kettle.

  14. Pot, meet kettle.

  15. Mamagriff50 | Apr 12, 2011 at 2:00 pm |

    The U.S. is great for saying “Do as I say, Not as I do”

  16. Mamagriff50 | Apr 12, 2011 at 10:00 am |

    The U.S. is great for saying “Do as I say, Not as I do”

  17. No, I think most people believe two wrong do make a right.

  18. Validemail | Apr 12, 2011 at 3:21 pm |

    No, its two Wongs make a right, hence the differences in human rights policies.

  19. justagirl | Apr 12, 2011 at 4:41 pm |

    human rights poricies.

  20. While true, it’s also an excuse they use with everyone. “You’re not perfect so you don’t get to judge us”.

    It’s an easy excuse, enabling you to never having to answer to anyone for your crimes.

  21. While true, it’s also an excuse they use with everyone. “You’re not perfect so you don’t get to judge us”.

    It’s an easy excuse, enabling you to never having to answer to anyone for your crimes.

  22. For all the faults the US has…and there are plenty…I bitch about them often enough…China is the swamp we’re trying not to become (well…at least some of us…we’re cursed with a population made up of a great many suckers who will slavishly bow to anyone or anything if their pet issue is given credence at the moment). America’s past is the plateau we look back on as an ideal…with China being the bureaucratic authoritarian nightmare we’re slowly crashing into. Our human rights record has been a patchwork quilt of successes and failures. Theirs is a fail quilt made of fail and lined with scratchy fail, draped upon a bed of fail, with fail pillows made of crumbling concrete and fail walls made of poisoned drywall, surrounded by toys of lead fail.

    If only the world worked like it did in political logic. “It wasn’t armed robbery I committed…because the crime has been committed by others before…therefore it is not a crime.” Bullshit. I live in a place with a stack of maddening issues and a corrupt political system that runs amok daily…

    …but China is still a thuggish, secrecy-crazed, thieving bloc of gangsters with a closed political system…and whether my country or any other sucks or not…China still sucks spectacularly…literally helping to redefine the way we view fraud and failure.

  23. For all the faults the US has…and there are plenty…I bitch about them often enough…China is the swamp we’re trying not to become (well…at least some of us…we’re cursed with a population made up of a great many suckers who will slavishly bow to anyone or anything if their pet issue is given credence at the moment). America’s past is the plateau we look back on as an ideal…with China being the bureaucratic authoritarian nightmare we’re slowly crashing into. Our human rights record has been a patchwork quilt of successes and failures. Theirs is a fail quilt made of fail and lined with scratchy fail, draped upon a bed of fail, with fail pillows made of crumbling concrete and fail walls made of poisoned drywall, surrounded by toys of lead fail.

    If only the world worked like it did in political logic. “It wasn’t armed robbery I committed…because the crime has been committed by others before…therefore it is not a crime.” Bullshit. I live in a place with a stack of maddening issues and a corrupt political system that runs amok daily…

    …but China is still a thuggish, secrecy-crazed, thieving bloc of gangsters with a closed political system…and whether my country or any other sucks or not…China still sucks spectacularly…literally helping to redefine the way we view fraud and failure.

  24. When China says someone’s human rights record is bad, something seriously wrong it up.

  25. Shawn Dunwoody | Jun 27, 2011 at 4:52 pm |

    When China says someone’s human rights record is bad, something seriously wrong it up.

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