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China to US: Sweep Your Own Doorstep

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In response to the State Department's Country Reports on Human Rights Practices, state-owned China Central Television invoked Confucius in commentary surrounding Human Rights Record of the United States in 2013, a report prepared by the Information Office of the State Council, a Chinese cabinet agency.


One unsigned opinion piece begins by saying "that all will follow one who is personally upright" and concludes by warning, "If the United States wants to be the self-claimed human rights judge of the world, though China and most countries do not agree, it first needs to sweep its own doorsteps. Otherwise, its words will not be heard, let alone trusted, by other countries."

Highlights of the Chinese report include information about PRISM and NSA spying, drone strikes, the fact that the United States has not ratified several international treaties, unemployment among the poor, child laborers, a reported 80,000 prisoners in solitary confinement, more than 11,000 gun deaths and 137 people killed in mass murder events.


While the actual report contains more info about these situations including specific examples, plus it delves into homelessness, working conditions, shrinking unions, economic security and the safety net, indigenous people, sexual assaults, racial and sexual discrimination. The report also says that 136 unarmed African-Americans were killed by police or security guards in 2012.

Of course, the easy joke that the full report also mentions a Jimmy Kimmel bit could be used by some to dismiss it and I'd really like to see direct links to some of their stats, but though the Chinese may have prepared the report as a comeuppance against American arrogance, either the report or at least the highlights are definitely worth a read.

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