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Pride and prejudice in dialogue over human rights

By Li Yang | | Updated: 2013-06-24 21:16

It is right and proper that countries communicate with each other in the field of human rights. Equality and mutual respect are the foundations for dialogue, said an article in the People's Daily (excerpts below).

China has established a dialogue and negotiation mechanism with nearly 20 countries and agencies. Because of culture and history, countries face various challenges in defending human rights and naturally develop different views.

That's why countries need constructive dialogue and communication on the issue. However, the behavior of some Western countries leaves much to be desired. They adopt a patronizing air and instead of embracing dialogue they tend to preach. Their duplicity and double standards also impede meaningful discussion.

All countries have problems with human rights and some Western countries are selectively blind to their own shortcomings in this field.

There is no universal, one-fits-all solution. Genuine cooperation and dialogue offers the best way forward.

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