Monday, November 16, 2009

US President to China: Individual Rights and Freedoms are Universal

"Obama presses China over rights"
"US President Barack Obama has told China that individual rights and freedoms should be available to all."

"Mr Obama's visit has received minimal coverage in the Chinese media, with his arrival in Beijing mentioned in a report 25 minutes into state TV's evening news programme...
In his speech at the Shanghai Science and Technology Museum, the US president praised China's efforts in lifting millions of people out of poverty, saying it was "unparalleled" in human history...

'We do not seek to impose any system of government on any other nation, but we also don't believe that the principles we stand for are unique to our nation,' he said.

'These freedoms of expression and worship, of access to information and political participation - we believe are universal rights.'

China is an authoritarian country in which there are no elections for the country's national leaders.
Media outlets and the internet are heavily censored, and those who speak out against the government are often imprisoned.

Mr Obama added: 'They should be available to all people, including ethnic and religious minorities, whether they are in the United States, China or any nation.'"

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