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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei's Remarks on the press release issued by the EU after Stavros Lambrinidis's visit to China

Q: The EU Special Representative for Human Rights, Stavros Lambrinidis, recently visited China. The press release issued by the EU after the visit said that Lambrinidis expressed concerns over China’s detention of lawyers and formulation of a package of laws including a Law on the Management of International NGOs. What is China’s response?

A: The Chinese side always believes that exchanges and cooperation on human rights between China and the EU should be based on equality and mutual respect so as to promote mutual understanding and common progress. Relevant contents in the press release turned a blind eye to the progress China has made in the cause of human rights and made inappropriate remarks at China’ legislative and judicial work, which not only interferes in China’s domestic affairs but also runs counter to the spirit of governance by the rule-of-law. The Chinese side firmly opposes that. We urge the European side to change its course, discard its ideological prejudice, assess China’s human rights development in a just and objective way, respect China’s legislative and judicial sovereignty, and do more things that are conducive to China-EU relations.

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