China says its human rights will be further improved in new journey of development

Human rights conditions in China will be further improved in the upcoming new journey of development, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said Thursday on World Human Rights Day.

China attaches great importance to promoting and protecting human rights of its people with a people-centered approach, addressing concerns from certain Western countries, Hua said at a press briefing.

Human rights, as defined by the United Nations, are basic rights and freedom to life and work inherent to all human beings regardless of their race, gender or nationality.

Hua said that China has incorporated the idea of promoting and protecting human rights into its national constitution as well as its development plan as the country has outlined its main development goals and tasks for the next 15 years, prioritizing the basic rights to life and development.

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The foreign ministry spokesperson then listed some key statistics, highlighting China's success in forming a path for human rights development based on domestic situation.

She said that China has lifted 850 million people out of poverty and provided employment for 770 million people and built the largest education, social welfare and medical system in the world. During the pandemic, Hua added, China has also put people's health and safety first. 

(Cover image: Staff members check a sample for a nucleic acid test at the laboratory of KingMed Diagnostics, a Chinese medical diagnostic testing company in Beijing, China, June 26, 2020. /Xinhua)