China says racial discrimination and police abuses are rife in the United States, in a report intended as a counterpoint to U.S. criticisms of China's own human rights record.

The report issued Friday by the Cabinet-level State Council Information Office cited the incident in Ferguson, Missouri, and other cases in which African Americans were shot and killed by white police officers.

It said such cases "exposed the feature, gravity and complexity of human rights problems in the U.S." The problem, it said, was caused by the impact of America's institutionalized racial discrimination on law enforcement and the judicial system.

China began issuing such accounts several years ago in response to annual reports by the U.S. government on human rights concerns in China and other countries demanded by Congress.