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China Questions Australia’s Asylum Seeker Policy

Posted: July 11th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Hard Pill to Swallow, Socially Engineerd | Tags: | Comments Off on China Questions Australia’s Asylum Seeker Policy

China Questions Australia's Asylum Seeker PolicyThe Chinese government has raised Australia’s asylum seeker policy at human rights talks in Canberra. Representatives from the Australian and Chinese governments meet every year for human rights talks.

The vice-minister of China’s foreign affairs department, Cui Tiankai, said he raised human rights concerns on Australia’s Indigenous affairs record and the issue of asylum seekers.

“Indeed, we raised the question of refugees to the Australian side,” Mr Cui said, speaking through an interpreter.

Mr Cui said Australia’s representatives provided some explanations on the asylum seeker crisis, but he did not elaborate further. He said Australia and China hold different views on human rights, but both nations need to respect the other’s position ::::

“A Chinese leader once said there is no best human rights, only better human rights,” Mr Cui said.

China Questions Australia's Asylum Seeker PolicyAustralia’s delegation raised China’s record on freedom of expression, the treatment of political activists, freedom of religion and the use of the death penalty. The delegation also raised concerns about Tibet and Xinjiang.

Dr Heather Smith, the deputy secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, told Chinese media the Government was working to improve the standard of living for Indigenous Australians.

She said the Government wanted to see an improvement in Indigenous health and education.

“No Australian would be comfortable or content with the statistics,” she said.

source: abc

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