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SLUG: 2-293871 China / 9/11
DATE:
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DATE=09/10/2002

TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT

TITLE=CHINA/9-11 (L-ONLY)

NUMBER=2-

BYLINE=JIM RANDLE

DATELINE=BEIJING

CONTENT=

VOICED AT:

INTRO: On the anniversary of last September's terror

attacks on the United States, China's government is

expressing sympathy for the victims and urging nations

to unite against terrorism. But China's tactics in

the terror war are drawing criticism from the U-N's

former top human rights official. V-O-A's Jim Randle

reports.

TEXT: Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Kong Quan

says nine-one-one reminded the world that terrorism is

the common enemy of humanity.

/// KONG ACT IN CHINESE, ESTABLISH, FADE UNDER ///

He calls terrorists a serious threat to peace and

urges all nations to fight terrorism - no matter where

it starts.

Shortly after suicide attacks killed thousands of

People in New York and Washington last year, China's President Jiang Zemin offered help to the American president. The help came in the form of intelligence information, political support at the United Nations, and assistance in cutting off the flow of financing to terrorist groups.

President Bush expressed deep gratitude, and the

actions helped mend a rift in the often troubled

relations between China and the United States.

But the departing chief of the United Nations human

rights organization says China uses the war on

terrorism to excuse brutal treatment of dissent in

Tibet and Xinjiang.

China often complains that other nations ignore or

minimize terror attacks by separatists that have killed dozens of people in its far western Xinjiang province that

borders Afghanistan. Human rights groups say China

invites the criticism by treating peaceful political

dissidents just as brutally as it treats people who

commit violent acts. (Signed)

NEB/HK/JR/JO



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