Thursday, February 4, 1999 Published at 14:57 GMT
China hits back at women's rights criticism
Human rights groups said inequality was worsening
China has dismissed criticism that it discriminates against women.
The rebuttal follows accusations by human rights groups that that sexual inequality in China had grown rapidly over the last decade, and that Beijing was trying to present an over-optimistic picture of women's status there.
The dispute follows a submission by the Chinese government to the United Nations committee on the elimination of discrimination against women.
Human rights groups based in New York and Hong Kong criticised China's report, pointing in particular to
China has accepted that the one child policy - which in theory is voluntarily implemented - has been abused, but only in isolated cases.
Beijing's own figures suggest that trafficking in women has decreased in recent years.
But Beijing's ambassador to the UN, Qin Huasun, acknowledged this week that women faced problems including