China slams U.S. human rights report

A Chinese paramilitary policeman gestures towards a photographer to stop taking pictures while standing guard at the Great Hall of the People on the third day of the National People's Congress in Beijing March 7, 2007. REUTERS/Claro Cortes IV

BEIJING (Reuters) - Beijing has dismissed as groundless a report by the United States that listed China among the world’s most serious rights offenders.

Qin Gang, the spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said in a statement posted on the ministry’s Web site ( on Wednesday that China has continuously been making progress on improving human rights.

“We would like to advise America to care more about its own human rights issues and stop interfering with other nations’ domestic politics,” Qin said.

Beijing is due to issue a report on Thursday about human rights in the United States.

In the State Department’s annual assessment of human rights released on Tuesday, Washington said China’s human rights record had deteriorated last year.

There were an increasing number of high-profile cases involving the harassment, detention and imprisonment of journalists and religious activities as well as greater efforts to restrict access to the Internet, it said.

The U.S. report assesses human rights in more than 190 countries.

Reporting by Zhou Xin, editing by Jeremy Laurence;;