Judges, lawyers and other legal experts from China and the United States discussed the rule of law and human rights at a two-day symposium that concluded here Wednesday.
Speaking at the opening session of the 7th China-U.S. Dialogue on Rule of Law and Human Rights, Huang Jin, head of the Chinese delegation, said civil society organizations in the two countries have conducted candid and indepth exchanges on human rights based on the principles of mutual respect and seeking common ground while reserving differences. This has contributed to the stable and healthy development of bilateral ties.
Since its inception in 2009, the symposium, co-sponsored by China Foundation For Human Rights Development, China Law Society and the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, has evolved into a major platform for the two countries' civil societies to discuss human right issues.
Huang, who is also deputy director of China Foundation For Human Rights Development and deputy head of China Law Society, introduced the latest in China's human rights and judicial work. Huang said the recently concluded 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) has laid out strategic guidelines to strengthen the legal basis of human rights protection. [Special coverage]
Stephen A. Orlins, president of New York-based National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, said U.S.-China ties are of great importance. It is necessary for the two sides' civil society organizations to maintain dialogue on human rights, he said. Doing so will promote mutual understanding between the two peoples and push forward bilateral ties.