The Epoch Times
By: Larry Ong, Epoch Times
When the United States helped China join the World Trade Organization in 2001, it was on
the expectation that the Chinese Communist Party would align its system with international laws and norms.
Nearly 15 years later, China has become the world’s second largest economy. But the Party has brought the country backwards in terms of human rights and the rule of law, according to the Congressional-Executive Commission on China’s (CECC) 2016 Annual Report.
“The Chinese government’s human rights record is utterly deplorable,” said CECC chairman and Representative Chris Smith (R-NJ) in a statement. “It is a dark time for China’s reformers, dissidents, and rights defenders as they face escalating repression and conditions deteriorated again last year.”
Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) said in a statement: “China has in fact used the international rules-based system to fuel vast economic growth, while further restricting freedom and increasing repression.” [FULL STORY]