Saturday, April 19, 2014   

Biden accepts America not a citadel of human rights
(12-05 13:32)

US Vice President Joe Biden says Washington has “profound disagreements'' with China over the treatment of American journalists.
Speaking to American business leaders in Beijing, Biden says innovation thrives where newspapers can report the truth without fear of consequences.
The websites of The New York Times and Bloomberg have been blocked in China since late last year after each agency fell afoul of Beijing over some of its reporting. This week a Bloomberg reporter was excluded from a Beijing event with British Prime Minister David Cameron.
Biden also says China will be stronger, more stable and more innovative if it respects universal rights. But Biden also says the US is not, in his words, the “citadel of human rights.'' He says the US has progress to make, too.—AP

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