Reuters, Tuesday, March 1, 2005; 4:56 AM
BEIJING (Reuters) - China rejected U.S. criticism of its human rights record on Tuesday, saying Washington should stop interfering in China's internal affairs and think about putting its own house in order.
The State Department accused China in its annual human rights report on Monday of using the global war against terrorism to crack down on peaceful opponents of its rule in Muslim Xinjiang and of committing persistent rights abuses in 2004.
"We express strong dissatisfaction and at the same time resolute opposition to (the United States) finding fault with China for no reason at all," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao told a news conference. -----------------------