Mr. Pot meet Mr. Kettle "greatest humanitarian disaster"

China accused the United States of human rights hypocrisy, as it branded the US invasion of Iraq the "greatest humanitarian disaster" of the modern world.

In an annual response to Washington's criticism of China's human rights record, the Chinese government labeled the United States arrogant, and highlighted what it said were widespread US failures at home and abroad.

"[America's] arrogant critique on the human rights of other countries are always accompanied by a deliberate ignoring of serious human rights problems on its own territory," said the report, released by the state Xinhua news agency.

"This was not only inconsistent with universally recognized norms of international relations, but also exposed the double standards and downright hypocrisy of the United States on the human rights issue, and inevitably impaired its international image."

"The United States has a notorious record of trampling on the sovereignty of and violating human rights in other countries," it said.

[Excerpt of an article by Guy Newey, AFP]

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