09 Apr '11, 3am

US urges China to free activists including artist AI Weiwei #Ai_Weiwei #Chinese #Hillary_Clinton #US_diplomacy

US urges China to free activists including artist AI Weiwei #Ai_Weiwei #Chinese #Hillary_Clinton #US_diplomacy

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged China to free dozens of government critics rounded up this year including a prominent artist and said Beijing's rights record was worsening. -- PHOTO: AFP WASHINGTON - US SECRETARY of State Hillary Clinton on Friday urged China to free dozens of government critics rounded up this year including a prominent artist and said Beijing's rights record was worsening. The State Department's annual survey said China last year stepped up efforts to rein in activists, the media and free Internet access and pursued 'severe repression' in the Tibet and Xinjiang regions. Presenting the report, Mrs Clinton voiced alarm at developments in 2011 as China - apparently alarmed over a pro-democracy wave of protests sweeping the Middle East - launches its most sweeping crackdown on dissent in years. 'In China, we've seen negative trends that are appea...

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