Monday March 1, 1999


Damning Human Rights Report of no Consequence

WASHINGTON, Mar 1 (LSN) U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright assured Chinese leaders today that any criticism coming from the U.S. regarding China’s deplorable human rights record would have no effect on trade negotiations with the country.

A new report released by the U.S. State Department is damning to China, and is expected to be a key resource for Americans demanding condemnation of China regardless of its trade implications. Adding to the pressure against the White House Administration is the recent unanimous vote by the U.S. Senate urging President Clinton to submit a resolution to the UN denouncing China’s practices.

The Clinton Administration, however, remains firmly behind its trade relationship with Asia’s largest Communist regime. Excusing the stance, Albright said “We determined some time ago that it was not a good idea to link human rights and trade and that we actually make better progress with both when they are not linked.”

See the Conservative News report at:…

According to the State Department’s report, “abuses included instances of extrajudicial killings, torture and mistreatment of prisoners, forced confessions, arbitrary arrest and detention, lengthy incommunicado detention, and denial of due process.” Moreover, “violence against women, including coercive family planning practices – which sometimes include forced abortion and forced sterilization.”

See the U.S. Sate Department’s report on China at:…

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