China urges U.S. lawmakers to stop disrupting Olympics with rights issues

2008-07-24 11:15:45 GMT       2008-07-24 19:15:45 (Beijing Time)       Xinhua English

A worker stands between pictogram sculptures of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games for an Olympic exhibit on Beijing's Tiananmen Square July 23,2008.(Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

BEIJING, July 24 (Xinhua) -- Some U.S. lawmakers should stop disrupting the Beijing Olympic Games by using human rights issues, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman said here Thursday.

Spokesman Liu Jianchao made the remarks responding to a question concerning a resolution introduced on Wednesday in the U.S. House of Representatives, which, citing the "Olympic traditions of freedom and openness", criticized China on human rights issues.

"The resolution was a groundless accusation, and was not only against the Olympic spirit but also against the wishes of people and athletes all around the world, including the United States," Liu said.

Liu added that China had made a stern representation to the United States.

"We suggest some U.S. lawmakers immediately stop their wrong words and deeds aimed at disrupting the Beijing Olympic Games by using the human rights issue so as to avoid harming the healthy, stable development of China-U.S. relations," Liu said.

BEIJING, June 3 (Xinhua) -- China doesn't improve its human rights in response to the presumed will of any country, nor because of any certain activity to be held, Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang told reporters here on Tuesday.

He was responding to a question about whether U.S. President George Bush's attendance at the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics would make China concede on human rights issues. Full story

BEIJING, June 2 (Xinhua) -- The criticism by the U.S. Department of State on China's democracy and human rights situation in a recent report is "unreasonable," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said here on Monday.

He made the remark when asked about the "2008 Country Reports on Advancing Freedom and Democracy" released on May 27.

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