CHINA yesterday dismissed German Chancellor Dr Helmut Kohl's claim that his talks with premier Li Peng on human rights had yielded positive results. Dr Kohl presented Beijing with a list of more than 20 political prisoners and said he was ''optimistic'' those on the list would benefit from his intercession. But a spokeswoman for the Foreign Ministry said the talks on human rights were designed to simply ''enhance mutual understanding'' and that the Chinese Government had ''no right'' to interfere in the judicial process. ''China is a sovereign country and it is entirely within the jurisdiction of China to bring law violators to justice,'' Fan Huijuan said at a briefing in Beijing. ''The Chinese judicial organs handle criminal cases independently. The administrative departments have no right to interfere [in those cases],'' she said. Ms Fan reiterated Beijing's established position that it was willing to discuss human rights with Western countries but only on the basis of equality and that other countries should not use human rights as a pretext for interfering in China's internal affairs. In developing relations with Beijing, Ms Fan said Western countries should ''seek common ground while putting aside differences''. The Government's response to Dr Kohl's claims was seen as a sign his self-styled ''humanitarian mission'' was not the success he thought it was. A European diplomat said: ''All the indications are that Li Peng told Dr Kohl exactly the same thing he tells everyone who gives him a list, namely that it is not really any of your business but we will consider the matter nonetheless.'' There was no sign at the moment that China would be willing to release anymore dissidents just to please Dr Kohl, the diplomat said. ''China only releases political prisoners when it suits them, not because foreign government leaders tell them to,'' he said.