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China Accuses U.S. Of Serious Rights Violations

3 March 2005 -- China says the United States is guilty of widespread human rights violations.

In its annual "Human Rights Record of the United States," published today, China lists what it calls the atrocities of U.S. soldiers in Iraq. It cites the administration of U.S. President George W. Bush for failing to deal with U.S. poverty, racial discrimination, and crime.

The report said that the United States should address its own shortcomings before "wantonly trampling on the sovereignty of other countries."

China's report came out days after the U.S. State Department published its annual human rights report, which accuses China of muting dissent, suppressing religious rights and restricting freedom of speech.