Archive for February 18th, 2009

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Xi Jinping Criticizes his Critics

A speech by Chinese vice chairman Xi Jinping has sparked notable support on the internet, according to Global Voices. Apparently in a speech to overseas Chinese in Mexico, Xi said that “there are a few foreigners, with full bellies, who have nothing better to do than try to point fingers at our country“. According to the Telegraph, commenters suggest that Xi was lashing out at his Mexican hosts for siding with Britian and the United States in calling for China to improve its human rights record.

According to Malcom Moore, the Telegraph´s correspondent in Shanghai, both the speech by Xi Jinping and the reactions to it by mainland Chinese bloggers and commenters were soon taken down by censors.

Among the countries calling for improvements on human rights in China during a UN Human Rights Council review earlier this month were Britain, France and Germany, and Latin countries including Mexico, Brazil and Argentina.

Mexico had also commended the Chinese government for having implemented additional safeguards concerning the application of the death penalty, but at the same session recommended that China consider positively declaring a moratorium on the application of the death penalty with a view to abolishing it.

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