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April 27-28, 2011


The United States and China began two days of talks on human rights in Beijing on Wednesday, April 27. An American interagency delegation led by Assistant Secretary for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Michael Posner will meet with a Chinese delegation led by Chen Xu, Director-General of the Department of International Organizations, Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs to discuss recent human rights developments and issues of concern. The U.S. Department of State stated that its agenda for the talks will cover “the recent trend of forced disappearances, extralegal detentions, and arrests and convictions, as well as rule of law, freedom of religion, freedom of expression, labor rights, minority rights and other human rights issues of concern.” In a press conference earlier this week, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei expressed that China hoped the meeting would enhance mutual understanding, but cautioned that China will “oppose any country using human rights issues as an excuse to interfere in China’s domestic affairs.”


For further coverage on the U.S.-China Human Rights Dialogue, please see the following news sources and commentary:

U.S. Department of State – “United States and China to Hold Human Rights Dialogue

Reuters – “China warns of “interference” ahead of U.S. rights talks

China Daily USA – “Sino-U.S. human rights talks start

BBC News – “China and U.S. begin human rights talks in Beijing

Voice of America – “Tensions high as US, China open talks on human rights

The Wall Street Journal “Extralegal: U.S. Hits China on Dissidents’ Families”