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Spokesperson of the Chinese Mission to the EU Speaks on a Question Concerning EEAS Annual Human Rights and Democracy Report

Q: On June 21, the EEAS published 2020 EU Annual Report on Human Rights and Democracy in the World and country reports. On its China section, the report says that civil and political rights continued to be severely challenged, criticizes China for human rights violations in places of Xinjiang and Tibet, and alleges that the freedom of religion or belief and media freedom are restricted. What’s your response?

A: The Chinese government attaches great importance to the protection and promotion of human rights with the people-centered approach, and protects the rights and freedoms enjoyed by Chinese citizens in accordance with the law. China has made notable progress in human rights development, increasing people’s sense of happiness and gains. The Chinese people know the best about China’s human rights situation.

There is no one-size-fits-all approach to human rights development. The EU side is in no position to lecture others and should reflect on its own problems instead. We urge the EU side to abandon the double standards approach and focus its time and energy on solving its own human rights problems.

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