US: Olympic host China lacks freedoms

By ANNE GEARAN, AP Diplomatic Reporter

WASHINGTON – The United States branded China an authoritarian human rights abuser Tuesday, citing alleged torture, state control of basic aspects of daily life, tight controls on religion and harassment of foreign charities.

A woman holds a placard as she participates in the Sydney leg ...
A woman holds a placard as she participates in the Sydney leg of the Global Human Rights Torch Relay (HRTR), in 2007. The US dropped China from its list of the world’s worst human rights violators, but added Syria, Uzbekistan and Sudan to the alleged offenders in an annual report released Tuesday.(AFP/File/Greg Wood)

China, host of the summer Olympics, has rampant and chronic human rights problems despite rapid economic growth that has transformed large parts of Chinese society, the State Department said in its annual accounting of human rights practices around the world.

The world’s most populous nation, China is an increasingly important U.S. trade partner and a chief competitor with the United States for energy and shrinking natural resources. It is the object of broad U.S. economic and diplomatic outreach, with mixed results.

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