BEIJING - China pushed back against US criticism of its human rights situation on Friday following talks on the issue, saying that the Chinese people were "most qualified" to talk on the topic and defending the detention of artist Ai Weiwei.
The US official leading the talks said on Thursday that he was "deeply concerned" about a crackdown on dissidents and rights lawyers in China, and that the friction could impede the two powers' ties.
China's Foreign Ministry, in a restrained statement carried by the official Xinhua news agency, said both sides agreed that "the talks were frank, open and constructive.
"The Chinese side said the Chinese people are most qualified to speak on China's human rights situation, and the Chinese judicial organs would continue to handle cases in accordance with law," Xinhua cited the statement as saying.
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