10 May '11, 12am

US presses human rights with China

WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama on Monday pressed Beijing to improve its human rights record in talks with senior Chinese officials, calling for freedom of expression and worship. Obama met with China's Vice Premier Wang Qishan and State Councilor Dai Bingguo, who were in Washington for two days of in-depth talks with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner. "The president raised US concerns about the current human rights situation in China and underscored his support for the universal rights of freedom of expression and worship, and of access to information and political participation," a White House statement said. Vice President Joe Biden raised the concerns publicly as he launched the talks earlier Monday, saying that the United States sought cooperation with China but had "vigorous disagreement" on human rights. China has round...

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