China ‘blacks out’ Hillary’s remarks on human rights
A Chinese micro blogging site has blocked comments on human rights made by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Beijing: A Chinese micro blogging site has blocked comments on human rights made by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Mongolia, according to a Hong Kong group that monitors Chinese media.
According to Los Angeles Times, the China Media Project, based at the University of Hong Kong, spotted that a post on the Sina Weibo site quoting Clinton had been deleted.
The speech at the International Women’s Leadership Forum was widely regarded as an implied poke at Beijing, effusively praising the power of democracy,while Chinese pundits have cautioned that too much democracy could destabilize the region.
"Their first argument is that democracy threatens stability. But in fact, democracy fosters stability," Clinton said in Ulan Bator, not detailing who "they" were.
"It is true that clamping down on political expression or maintaining a tight grip on what people read or say or see can create the illusion of security, but illusions fade because people’s yearning for liberty do not," she added.
China’s official New China News Agency did not mention any of the pointed remarks in its coverage of the speech, reporting that Clinton had "urged all governments to help women find their roles in their societies."