Beijing: China and Russia on Thursday attacked a US government report that accused them of failing to do enough to combat human trafficking.

"We believe that the US side should take an objective and impartial view of China's efforts (in fighting human trafficking) and stop making unilateral or arbitrary judgements of China," Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying.

"The Chinese government always attaches great importance to fighting all crimes of trafficking," she added.

Moscow was also furious at the US report, which it decried as ‘politically motivated’. "As far as the application of unilateral sanctions against Russia is concerned... the very idea of raising this issue causes indignation," the Foreign Ministry's Human Rights envoy Konstantin Dolgov said.

The US State Department on Wednesday downgraded the two countries, as well as Uzbekistan, to the bottom of a table on human trafficking. The three nations had languished for years on the "Tier 2 Watch List", having been granted past waivers amid promises to do better.

(Agencies)

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