Washington: Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has said in an interview that China’s human rights record is “deplorable” and that history is against governments that resist democracy.
The comments were published on the website of The Atlantic magazine today, as top US and Chinese officials including Clinton held high-level talks in Washington.
Clinton is asked if China’s government is scared by the protests against authoritarian regimes that have rocked the Middle East and North Africa.
She says: “They’re worried, and they are trying to stop history, which is a fool’s errand. They cannot do it. But they’re going to hold it off as long as possible.” Since February, China has questioned or detained hundreds of activists. Agencies