after WikiLeaks claims China paper slams US

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The comments in the China Daily come after Beijing criticised a report by a commission of US lawmakers and government officials that condemned an "increasingly harsh" crackdown by Beijing on rights activists and lawyers.

The issue of human rights is always a sensitive one in Sino-US relations. Earlier this month Washington called for the immediate release of jailed Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo after he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

The documents published by the whistleblowing website WikiLeaks appear to show that the US military turned a blind eye to evidence of torture and abuse of civilians by the Iraqi authorities.

"The magnitude of the crimes should make every righteous person angry. It again puts a big question mark against the US self-proclaimed image as the world human rights champion," the China Daily said in a commentary.

"For years, the US has been wielding the banner of human rights to criticise others, especially developing countries," it said.

"However, the US refuses to either clarify or rectify its own human rights violations as recorded by the WikiLeaks documents," it said, adding the documents let the world see through US "unilateralism and double standards".

"The US will lose credibility if it cannot face its own human rights violations squarely," the China Daily said.

Human rights is one of a long list of issues that will likely be on the US agenda when Chinese President Hu Jintao visits Washington in January.

The world's top two economies have also been at odds in recent months over the value of the Chinese yuan, a litany of trade disputes, web censorship and US arms sales to Taiwan.

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