Hillary Clinton: human rights are a 'universal right'

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is on a visit to China Credit: Reuters

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said during a visit to China that the concept of human rights does not reflect Western values but universal rights.

She said:

"All governments have the responsibility of addressing their citizens' aspirations for dignity and rule of law. These are not Western values - they are universal rights that apply to all people in all places."

Mrs Clinton's prepared remarks to be delivered in Beijing, come as the two countries engage in a spat over the fate of a blind Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng.