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"On my part, I remain committed to the process of dialogue. It is my firm belief that dialogue and a willingness to look with honesty and clarity at the reality of Tibet can lead us to a viable solution."

China expresses dissatisfaction with U.S. human rights remarks

August 28, 2008 (People's Republic of China)
August 26, 2008

BEIJING, Aug. 26 (Xinhua) -- China on Tuesday expressed
dissatisfaction with a U.S. official's comments on China's human
rights issues, and urged the U.S. government to educate its citizens
to obey the laws of other countries.

"The Chinese Government has been all along committed to safeguarding
and promoting human rights of its citizens," Foreign Ministry
spokesman Qin Gang told a regular press conference.

"We make efforts in this area not because of the Beijing Olympics and
they will not stop after the Olympics."

On Monday, White House spokesman Tony Fratto expressed disappointment
at China's handling of protests during the Games, saying it had
missed an opportunity to improve its global human rights image.

Qin said safeguarding and promoting human rights of its citizens has
been written into China's constitution. The government would continue
to make efforts in this area.

"Meanwhile, during the Olympics, some foreigners engaged in 'Tibet
independence' separatist activities in Beijing. As they had violated
Chinese laws and regulations, it's natural that relevant departments
took necessary measures against them," he said.

"We hope the U.S. side would educate its citizens to obey the laws of
other countries, so as to avoid the recurrence of such incidents," he said.

He suggested the White House spokesman look up remarks by former U.S.
President Abraham Lincoln in his inaugural address on preserving
unification of the nation.

"Then he can understand the determination and efforts of the Chinese
people in safeguarding national sovereignty and territorial integrity
and stop applying double standards on this issue," said Qin.
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