Liu Xiaoming: China is not frightened of dissent
The Chinese Ambassador to London, Liu Xiaoming has said there are no political prisoners in China.
He told Hardtalk's Stephen Sackur: "People will not be put behind bars just because they are thinking their thoughts. People are put behind bars because they have violated the law in China."
The ambassador said the Chinese people had channels though the National People's Congress to make their views known. China's democracy was of a Chinese characteristic, he explained.
"You cannot use your standard to judge other countries, just like we will not judge you based on our standard," he added.