BEIJING (AP) -- China went after its human rights critics Tuesday, calling the United Nation's top rights monitor ill-informed and firing back at U.S. criticisms by issuing its own charges of rights abuses in the United States.
The reaction came a day after President Bush's administration, in one of its first China-related policy announcements since his January inauguration, said it would seek to censure Beijing at the U.N. Human Rights Commission when it meets next month.
In its annual report on human rights conditions around the world, the U.S. State Department said Monday that China's rights record deteriorated last year. It said China imprisoned thousands of followers of the outlawed Falun Gong spiritual movement and intensified a crackdown in Tibet.
China's Foreign Ministry accused Washington of double standards. "The U.S. government does not talk about its own human rights situation, yet it makes gross distortions of human right situations in other countries," spokeswoman Zhang Qiyue said.
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