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May 19, 2004 3:00 AM

Asian nations find human rights hypocrisy in prison abuse scandal

The scandal over U.S. abuse of prisoners in Iraq has given China a chance to disparage Washingtons human rights record, and its done so with unreserved gusto. But even as Beijing takes swipes at Washington, Americas broad troubles in Iraq are rippling across the region, unsettling a five-decade U.S. military alliance with South Korea, worrying trade partners in Southeast Asia and hardening attitudes among Muslims around the Far East and South Asia.

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