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Deputy PM says China is guilty of 'large scale' human rights abuses PDF Print E-mail
[16 June 2014] Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has said that China is guilty of large scale and systematic human rights abuses. He also said he hopes to meet the Dalai Lama again. The comments came as Chinese Premier landed in the UK for a three-day visit.

Nick CleggNick Clegg, speaking at his monthly press conference on 16 June, said that China is guilty of large scale and systematic human rights abuses. He added the Chinese people are shackled to a one-party communist regime that is the antithesis of an open democratic society.

Mr Clegg said Chinas extraordinary growth will put pressure on the regime to grant people social and political emancipation.

The Deputy Prime Minister added that he and Mr Cameron would tell the Chinese leadership, in a respectful but firm way that we remain deeply, deeply concerned about the very large scale abuses of human rights that still occur.

Mr Clegg noted he would be more than happy to meet the Dalai Lama again, but said he had no plans to do so at the moment.

Mr Clegg met the Dalai Lama with David Cameron in May 2012, which angered the Chinese government and led to the freezing of diplomatic relations which lasted for 18 months, until last December when Cameron visited China.

The Deputy PM's comments came after the Chinese Ambassador to Britain, Liu Xiaoming, issued a warning to the British government to not raise human rights during the Chinese Premier's visit. On 13 June, the Ambassador said that  "pointing the finger" was not the way to tackle human rights. He also said the Chinese government had been angered by a British Foreign Office report in April that listed China as "a country of concern" with regards to human rights.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang starts a three-day UK visit on 16 June, during which time he will meet the Queen, David Cameron and other senior politicians and businessmen.

The BBC have confirmed the Chinese Premier will meet the Queen at Windsor Castle, but did not disclose the exact time and date.

Further reading: Telegraph (16 June) I BBC (16 June) I Reuters (13 June)

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