21 Jan '11, 12am

The US hailed China president Hu's comment on human rights as 'unprecedented', but warned the world would be watching

WASHINGTON - THE White House on Thursday billed President Hu Jintao's comment that China needed to do more on human rights as unprecedented, and warned the world would watch to test Beijing's compliance. 'You would all have to strain your recent memory to find a leader from China travelling outside of his country... making such a frank admission of the improvement that needed to happen,' White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said. Mr Hu's comment during a press conference alongside President Barack Obama on Wednesday attracted intense interest, and was played up in some reports as a significant shift in rhetoric on China's human rights policy. However, Mr Hu's true intentions remained unclear, and he several times stated that China did not share western conceptions of human rights, saying 'national' characteristics and different circumstances needed to be recognised. His emph...

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