June 29, 1998


We do not seek to impose our vision on others, but we are convinced that certain rights are universal -- not American rights or European rights or rights for developed nations, but the birthrights of people everywhere, now enshrined in the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights -- the right to be treated with dignity; the right to express one's opinions, to choose one's own leaders, to associate freely with others, and to worship, or not, freely, however one chooses.

President Bill Clinton
June 29, 1998

While in China, President Clinton has raised the issue of human rights in his meetings with Chinese officials, including President Jiang Zemin. The President will continue to work with the Chinese government to encourage recognition and protection of human rights.

Working To Promote and Protect Human Rights. The President continues to engage in an open and candid dialogue with President Jiang Zemin and other senior Chinese leaders over the issue of human rights. Both the United States and China have affirmed their commitment to strengthening the protection of fundamental freedoms, and although differences remain, the President believes an honest and open dialogue is an important element for resolving these differences. The President is encouraged by the steps China is taking on human rights, including:

Raising Human Rights With President Jiang. On Saturday, June 27, President Clinton and President Jiang held bilateral summit meetings and an unprecedented press conference telecast live to approximately 600 million viewers throughout China. The public and private discussions between the two leaders were particularly open and frank. During his remarks, President Clinton:

Shaping A More Prosperous And Peaceful Future. The more we share our ideas with the world, the more the world comes to share America's ideals. By continuing to work with China in areas of agreement, and dealing directly with our differences, we help ensure Chinese inclusion in the community of nations.

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