Obama: Red China’s “Evolution” on Human Rights?

Obama: Red China’s “Evolution” on Human
Rights?

January 20th, 2011

Fred Lucas, CNSNews.com

President Barack Obama said on Wednesday that there has been “evolution” in
human rights in China over the last three decades, even though that country does
not allow for freedom of the press or freedom of religion, continues to imprison
political dissidents (notably Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo) and is run by
the Communist Party.
“And I want to suggest that there has been an evolution in China over the
last 30 years since the first normalization of relations between the United
States and China,” Obama said. “And my expectation is that 30 years from now we
will have seen further evolution and further change.”
During a joint White House news conference with Obama and Chinese President
President Hu Jintao, a reporter asked Obama, “Can you explain to the American
people how the United States can be so allied with a country that is known for
treating its people so poorly, for using censorship and force to repress its
people? Do you have any confidence that as a result of this visit that will
change?”
Obama said he and the Chinese president had discussed human rights at
length.
“China has a different political system than we do,” Obama said. “China is at
a different stage of development than we are. We come from very different
cultures with very different histories. But, as I’ve said before and I repeated
to President Hu, we have some core views as Americans about the universality of
certain rights–freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of assembly–that
we think are very important and that transcend cultures.”
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