China is denouncing a U.S. congressional resolution criticizing Beijing's human rights record.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao said Thursday the resolution is an attempt to politicize the upcoming Beijing Olympic Games, a move he says is "blasphemy to the Olympic spirit."
The resolution, which was approved by the U.S. House of Representatives Wednesday (by a vote of 419 to one), urges Beijing to stop abusing its citizens' human rights, and end its support for the governments of Burma and Sudan, which have also been accused of human rights violations.
Supporters say the action is needed to ensure that next week's Beijing Olympic games take place in an atmosphere that honors the Olympic traditions of freedom and openness.
The Chinese spokesman is urging Washington to curb the "odious conduct" of a group of anti-Chinese lawmakers.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi urged President George Bush to relay lawmakers' concern about China's human rights record when he attends the Olympic Games' opening ceremony next week.
In a related matter, China has also criticized Mr. Bush's meeting with a group of Chinese dissidents at the White House this week.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Jianchao denounced the dissidents Wednesday for engaging in "anti-China splittism activities," and said Mr. Bush has "rudely interfered" in China's internal affairs.
Some information for this report was provided by AFP