CHINA called on the European Union yesterday not to vote for a resolution condemning the mainland's human rights record when it is put to the United Nations in Geneva at the end of the month. Foreign Minister Qian Qichen accused the EU of engaging in 'bloc politics' reminiscent of the Cold War, after the organisation's 15 foreign ministers condemned China's record on human rights in a meeting in Italy at the weekend. The ministers agreed to consider supporting a resolution, sponsored by the US and which criticises China's protection of human rights, at this month's UN Commission on Human Rights meeting in Geneva. 'They made a unanimous decision and it appears to be a very powerful force, but I'm afraid this is nothing more than bloc politics, which may have been effective in the Cold War but which is not so useful now,' Mr Qian said. 'China hopes for increased co-operation with the EU in all fields but at the same time we hope the EU will refrain from engaging in activities which are no longer relevant to the present situation. 'The EU should not attempt to impose its views on China and tell China what it should or should not do,' he said. He also criticised the US for sponsoring what he called an anti-China resolution at the UN Human Rights Commission, a move which he said appeared to run counter to US President Bill Clinton's expressed desire for consultation and dialogue rather than confrontation over human rights. 'In New York, President Clinton told President Jiang Zemin that the US hoped to avoid confrontation with China over human rights . . . but it seems that the US is currently preparing another anti-China resolution in Geneva,' he said. 'We are opposed to such practices. 'For the past five years, Western countries have tabled anti-China resolutions in Geneva, but all have resulted in failure. I think this one will meet with the same fate.' China said on Sunday its performance outpaced the US in guaranteeing basic human rights and freedom. China narrowly defeated a similar resolution in March last year, and diplomatic analysts predicted another close battle this year. 'The EU decision could prove to be enough to pass a resolution this year but China is already lobbying its Third World allies on this issue so it will be a very tough call,' an Asian diplomat in Beijing said. The human rights group Amnesty International is due to release a report on China's rights situation tomorrow, expected to be highly critical.