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China applauds US apology for discrimination against Chinese immigrants: FM spokesman

posted 20 Jun 2012, 00:19 by Sam Mbale   [ updated 20 Jun 2012, 00:20 ]

China-FM Briefing/US -- China applauds US apology for discrimination against Chinese immigrants: FM spokesman

CCTV BEIJING - China praises the U.S. House of Representatives for apologizing about discriminating laws targeting Chinese immigrants, Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said Tuesday.

Hong said at a regular press briefing that the prosperity of the United States is indispensable from the joint efforts and cooperation from all ethnic groups, including Chinese immigrants.

The resolution passed by the U.S. House of Representatives gives a positive evaluation and appreciation for the contributions made by Chinese immigrants to the U.S. society, Hong said.

U.S. House of Representatives on Monday unanimously passed a resolution apologizing for discriminating laws targeting Chinese immigrants at the turn of the 20th century.

The Chinese Exclusion Act, approved in 1882 in Congress, lasted for 60 years, and was the first and the only federal law in U.S. history that excluded a single ethnic group from immigrating to the country, and on no basis other than their race. It explicitly banned Chinese workers from immigration and existing residents from naturalization and voting.

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