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China Foils U.S. Anti-China Attempt at U.N. Commission

April 18, 2000-- China foiled the United States' anti-China attempt once again in Geneva on April 18 as a "no-action motion" was adopted at the 56th session of the United Nations Commission  on Human Rights.

The 53-member U.N. commission adopted the Chinese motion 22-18, with 12 abstentions and 1 absent from the voting.

It was China's ninth victory over United States-led anti-China  attempts since 1990.

"The draft resolution is nothing but an anti-China political  farce directed and played by the United States alone, and a mockery toward the (U.N.) human rights commission and its members, " said Chinese Ambassador Qiao Zonghuai when tabling the no-action motion.

In reaction to the United States' attack on China's use of the  no-action motion, Qiao said China's act was fully justified by the existing statute.

"The rules of procedure applied in the Human Rights Commission were established by the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations through legal procedures and have been in effective use for many years."

No-action motions have been applied on numerous occasions and have never been called into question, said Qiao, who also heads the Chinese delegation to the annual six-week meeting of the commission.

Washington, as a matter of fact, used no-action motions on  various occasions, including at the UN General Assembly, to block moves against it, Qiao said.

Washington's attack on China over the issue is a typical manifestation of Washington's double standards and hegemonism.

Qiao said Washington put forward the anti-China resolution as  it doesn't like China's mode of development and the path Chinese  people have chosen. "The U.S. wants to take control of China's  destiny," he said.

“History has proven, and will continue to prove, that hegemony, power politics and any attempt to control other people's destiny  can only lead to self-destruction."

"The brave strides of the 1.3 billion Chinese people can be stopped by no one," said Qiao.

The U.S. attempt was made mainly out of its domestic political needs, analysts said. With presidential elections drawing near this year, certain political forces in the United States once again chose to confront China at the annual U.N. Human Rights Commission session to score political points at home.

The United States has to act alone this year at the UN Human Rights Commission to table the anti-China resolution as not a single country would like to second Washington's move. Some  European Union countries, like France, as in 1997 and 1999, refused to put forward any anti-China resolution this year. Instead of confrontation, they favor "constructive dialogues" with China on the issue of human rights.

The Americans even resorted to evil cults as its weapons against China this year, accusing China of disrupting religious  freedom by banning the Falun Gong cult.

China argued that it acted on Falun Gong in accordance with the law of the country precisely for the purpose to protect the freedom of belief of the more than 100 million Chinese cherishing various regions.

At the session, many delegates from developing countries, especially those from Asia and Africa, extended warm support for China's stance. They highly praised China for social and political stability, great achievements in various fields, and tremendous  progress made to protect and improve human rights in the country.

The countries that voted for China's motion are: Bangladesh,  Bhutan, Botswana, Burundi, China, Congo, Cuba, India, Indonesia,  Madagascar, Morocco, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Qatar, Russia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Venezuela and Zambia.

Those who voted against China are: Canada, Colombia, the Czech  Republic, El Salvador, France, Germany, Guatemala, Italy, Japan,  Latvia, Luxembourg, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Swaziland,  the United Kingdom and the United States.

The countries that abstained from the vote are: Argentina,  Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Liberia, Mauritius, Mexico, Philippines,  Rwanda, South Korea, Senegal and Tunisia.

Romania was absent from the voting procedure.  (End)

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