As the United Nations formally reviewed China’s rights record, Uzra Zeya, acting assistant secretary in the U.S. State Department’s bureau of democracy, human rights and labor, said “we’re concerned that China suppresses freedoms of assembly, association, religion and expression, harasses, detains and punishes activists, targets rights defenders’ family members and friends and implements policies that undermine the human rights of ethnic minorities.”
While the U.S. reps plays offense against China, it must also face its gross human rights violations. According to the reports from Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch organizations released this week, 33 incidents “that appear to have resulted in civilian casualties” had been identified. As many as 307 civilians are estimated to have been killed as a result of U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan between 2004 and fall 2013; the estimates go up if the Yemen theater is included. Does the US have the moral high ground to criticize China over its human rights record? What’s your take on this?