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Human rights to be part of EU-China strategic dialogue - Klaus

May 23, 2009

Ceske Noviny (Czech News)
May 21, 2009

Prague - Human rights will be part of the
strategic dialogue between the EU and China,
Czech President Vaclav Klaus told reporters after
the EU-China summit in Prague today.

"We raised the issue of human rights as something
we in Europe consider as extremely important and
we are very pleased that this topic will be part
of our strategic partnership dialogue even for the future," Klaus said.

Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao did not mention human rights in his speech.

He stressed that in the strategic cooperation
between the EU and China it is the most important
to preserve the principles of mutual respect and
non-interference in each other´s internal affairs.

China has been criticised for human rights
violations. The critics mainly reproach Beijing
for detaining political prisoners and for censorship.

The Amnesty International organisation and a
group of Czech MPs supporting Tibet called on
Czech representatives to include human rights issues in talks with China.

It is mainly China´s control of Tibet, including
what the critics call suppression of the local
culture and religion, that has been under permanent criticism.

Beijing dismisses similar accusations. Last
autumn, China postponed its planned summit with
the EU in reaction to Tibetan spiritual leader
Dalai Lama´s visit to Paris. The summit is taking
place only now in Prague, under the Czech EU presidency.

Simultaneously with the summit, Czech activists
organised several meetings in Prague in support
of human rights observance in China.

The EU-China strategic dialogue has lasted for
several years now, dominated by trade relations.

The agreements on cooperation in science and
technologies are to enhance the dialogue and
extend it to include the area of energy and the
fight against the climate change.
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