China ready to resume human rights dialogue with US

February 26th, 2008 - 7:23 pm ICT by admin  

Beijing, Feb 26 (Xinhua) China is ready to resume human rights dialogue with the US, Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi said here Tuesday after talks with visiting Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. “China is willing to keep contact with the United States in all areas … we are willing to resume the human rights dialogue with the United States,” Yang said.

He said that the Chinese people enjoyed extensive human rights and freedom of religious belief and were willing to exchange information with the US and other countries concerning human rights on the basis of mutual respect, equality and non-interference in each other’s internal affairs.

Rice said: “It’s important to resume human rights dialogue between the United States and China.”

China suspended the human rights dialogue in 2004 when the US decided to introduce a human rights motion related to China at the 60th session of the UN Commission on Human Rights.

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