SLUG: 2-293871 China / 9/11
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
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
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)
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