Dueling human rights reports
Every year, the U.S. and China release reports on the human rights situations in each other's country.
What's happening: Per Xinhua, some of the highlighted issues in China's report include: The severe infringement on citizens' civil rights; the prevalence of money politics, the rising income inequality; worsening racial discrimination, and growing threats against children, women and immigrants; human rights violations caused by the unilateral America First policies and gun violence.
The report also noted that:
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Some of the highlighted issues in the U.S. State Department's report on China include:
- A significant intensification of the campaign of mass detention of members of Muslim minority groups in the Xinjiang.
- Arbitrary or unlawful killings by the government.
- Forced disappearances by the government.
- Torture by the government.
- Arbitrary detention by the government.
- Political prisoners.
- Physical attacks on and criminal prosecution of journalists, lawyers, writers, bloggers, dissidents, petitioners, and others as well as their family members;
- Severe restrictions of religious freedom.
Why it matters: Pointing out America's shortcomings while denying its own serves China's broader strategy of slowly chipping away at America's credibility globally.
- 1.5 million Muslims could be detained in China's Xinjiang: academic(Reuters)
- U.S. Steps Up Criticism of China for Detentions in Xinjiang (The New York Times)
- China's assault on human rights is the one thing bringing Washington together (The Washington Post)