20 Aug '11, 4am

China clamps down on dissent during Biden visit

China clamps down on dissent during Biden visit

BEIJING: Chinese police are clamping down on the nation's beleaguered dissidents to ensure visiting US Vice President Joe Biden does not meet any activists during his trip, rights defenders said Saturday. Police have stepped up surveillance on dissidents and warned them against making any high profile protests or attempting to meet Biden during his five-day visit, they said. "The Chinese government has been pulling out all the stops to intimidate any and all dissidents, human rights lawyers and social activists from taking any high profile actions," Phelim Kine, senior researcher for Human Rights Watch, told AFP. "The word has gone out that they should keep a very low profile... and that any attempt at such a meeting (with Biden) would carry reprisals." Biden did raise human rights concerns during his meetings with Chinese leaders, US officials said, but they refused to go...

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