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Vice FM rejects Western standards on human rights

07-30-2010 09:18 BJT

BERLIN, July 29 (Xinhua) -- China is gradually learning and absorbing ideas on human rights that can grow on its soil, and remains opposed to attempts by the West to impose its standards on China, says Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Fu Ying.

In a recent interview with the German weekly newspaper Die Zeit, Fu said it seems "controversial and illogical" that Western countries acknowledge China's economic success and contributions to efforts against the global financial crisis, while "definitely" turning a blind eye to China's political progress.

It seems as if the West wants to say that China has achieved all these without the leadership of the government and the Communist Party, maybe in total anarchy, Fu said.

"I still remember when I was an interpreter in the 1980s, human rights was always on the menu in our dialogues and our European guests brought lists of names with them," she said.

"Thirty years later, China has moved on, and so much has changed. In 2004, protection of human rights was incorporated into China's constitution. Many relevant laws and rules have been amended accordingly," Fu said.

However, European delegations still come to China with the same stance, accusing China in a commanding way, Fu said.

"I really don't hear much mentioning of China' s human rights progress," she said.

Yet, those political extremists seem to be presenting the whole picture of China's human rights for European countries, she said.

Fu believes that to know the real China, it's not enough to "single out things you are interested in, or only listen to people who talk your talk."

The most important is to look at the benefits of the majority of the people, she said.

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