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Newsline: China’s ambassador warns UK against human rights lecture

Chinese president Xi Jinping will feel “offended” if he is lectured on Beijing’s human rights record during a lavish state visit to Britain next week, China’s ambassador to the UK has warned. Liu Xiaoming suggested the president would not take kindly to being reprimanded on human rights during his view; Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has promised to raise the issue next week. “We don’t shy away from talking about human rights,” Mr Liu told a press briefing. “What we are against is to use human rights to interfere with other countries’ internal affairs and to try to impose your own system on to others.” Mr Liu said British people “would feel offended” if China lectured Britain on human rights. “Likewise,” he added.


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