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Is the Chinese Dragon devouring the US?

China on Thursday published a report critical of the United States’ human rights situation, Xinhua reported. The report, titled “The Human Rights Record of the United States in 2016,” was released by the Information Office of the State Council, China’s cabinet, in response to the “Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2016” issued by the US State Department on March 3.

China’s report says that while the US poses as “the judge of human rights,” noting that while “wielding ‘the baton of human rights,’ it pointed fingers and cast blame on the human rights situation in many countries, […] paying no attention to its own terrible human rights problems.”


The report cites President Trump’s derogatory remarks against Muslims and Mexican immigrants, which won the enthusiastic endorsement of white supremacists harboring anti-Semitic, Racist and anti-Muslim ideologies, despite the fact that Trump has disavowed their support.

“With the gunshots lingering in people’s ears behind the Statue of Liberty, worsening racial discrimination and the election farce dominated by money politics, the self-proclaimed human rights defender has exposed its human rights ‘myth’ with its own deeds,” the Chinese report claims.

The report goes on to cite specific human rights violations committed by and in the US:

“The United States had the second highest prisoner rate, with 693 prisoners per 100,000 of the national population. Roughly 2.2 million people were incarcerated in the United States in 2014. And there have been 70 million Americans incarcerated – that’s almost one in three adults – with some form of criminal record,” the report claims, citing media reports.

Gun-related crimes is also cited as a form of human rights violation: “There were a total of 58,125 gun violence incidents, including 385 mass shootings, in the United States in 2016, leaving 15,039 killed and 30,589 injured.” These figures are cited from the Gun Violence Archive.

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