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China angered by Britain's report on human rights, cancels talks

Published on Apr 16, 2014 12:55 AM

BEIJING/LONDON (REUTERS) - China accused Britain on Tuesday of interfering in its domestic affairs after the British government criticised Beijing's human rights record.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hua Chunying said Britain's annual human rights made "irresponsible remarks...about the Chinese political system, rudely slandering and criticising China's human rights situation".

She was speaking a day after China called off talks with Britain on Beijing's human rights record. Chinese and British officials had been due to hold a round of the two-way Human Rights Dialogue in London on Wednesday.

Britain listed China as "a country of concern" in its report last week, saying it had observed increased curbs on freedom of expression, association and assembly in 2013. It also cited reports of repression of ethnic unrest in Tibet and Xinjiang.

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