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HUMAN rights groups reacted angrily yesterday as ministers said it would be wrong to "lecture" the Chinese.

As Mr Cameron and ministers arrived in Beijing, Business Secretary Vince Cable said: "I don't think we'll approach it by lecturing them." The softly-softly style echoes Mr Cameron's comments in an interview today in which he said he would raise the issue "with respect and mutual understanding".

But Amnesty International UK director Kate Allen, said: "It is unbeliev-v able that the UK Government will put trade before human rights.

"Chinese human rights abuses included torture, forced labour, internet repression, unfair trials, and the death penalty."

Chinese artist Ai We iwei, currently exhibiting at London's Tate Modern who has himself been placed under house arrest, said: "Cameron should say the civilised world can't see China as a civilised country if it doesn't change its behaviour.".

The five-day tour of the Far East will end in a G20 summit in Korea.

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Date:Nov 9, 2010
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