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Huanqiu: The West Cannot Win a Human Rights Dispute with China

China’s official Huanqiu newspaper published an editorial on May 14, 2011, commenting on U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s recent criticism of China’s human rights. (“They’re worried, and they are trying to stop history, which is a fool’s errand.”). The article, titled “The West Cannot Win a Human Rights Dispute with China,” said, “Why is it so hard for the West to achieve the ‘final victory?’ This relates to the fact that their purpose is twisted. The West now talks about human rights with China, but not the ‘various rights of a human being.’ The Western political system stealthily changed the word ‘human rights’ to give it a special meaning. According to this logic, as long as China’s way of social organization deviates from the West, its human rights development will be at a low level.” 

“As a rising China gradually becomes more of a competitor to the West, the starting point of Western criticism moves further away from reality and Chinese people’s interests; what remains is only the needs of Western centrism. The proportion of constructive suggestions dwindles, while pressure from impractical “orders on a whim” increases. The result is that, as long as the Chinese government and society are basically rational, they cannot accept the Western ‘human rights road map,’ because it is obviously a blueprint that is out of touch.”

Source: Huanqiu, May 14, 2011