China slams US after attacked US rights record

Beijing accuses the US of being ‘haunted by spreading guns’ and racial discrimination after attacks U.S.human rights record in annual report

China slams US after attacked US rights record

World Bulletin / News Desk 

China accused the United States on Friday of being "haunted by spreading guns" and racial discrimination, in its annual tit-for-tat rebuttal to U.S. criticism of China's human rights record.

In a lengthy report carried by the official Xinhua news agency, China's State Council Information Office said the United States "violated human rights in other countries in a more brazen manner, and was given more 'red cards' in the international human rights field".

"The U.S. was haunted by spreading guns and frequent occurrence of violent crimes, which threatened citizens' civil rights," the report said.

It said that US intelligence had used “indiscriminate” torture against terrorist suspects, while violating human rights in other countries with drone strikes and surveillance.

The document is released each year by China the day after the US State Department issues its annual global human rights report. Beijing does not release rights reports on other countries.

The China section of the annual U.S. State Department report on human rights conditions globally, released on Thursday, said that "repression and coercion were routine" against activists, ethnic minorities, and law firms that took on sensitive cases.

The Chinese report, which was mostly compiled from U.S. media articles, said "racial discrimination has been a chronic problem in the U.S. human rights record", adding that the United States suppressed the voting rights of minorities.

It cited a USA Today report that said preliminary exit polls showed that voters of African origins accounted for 12 percent in the 2014 midterm election, down from 13 percent in the 2012 presidential election.

"In 2014, multiple cases of arbitrary police killing of African-Americans have sparked huge waves of protests, casting doubts on the racial 'equality' in the U.S. and giving rise to racial hatred factors," the report said.

The report also criticised the United States for conducting surveillance on world leaders and civilians and for allowing a few interest groups to influence the government's decision-making.

Many Chinese Internet users disparaged the Chinese report, mocking the government for the accusations against the United States

"Our concern is when will China have human rights, rather than the state of U.S. human rights," said a microblogger named Zhou Pidong.

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