US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said that she saw no progress in China on human rights, regretting that neither economic reforms nor US pressure were making Beijing budge.
But Pelosi vowed to be “relentless” in keeping the heat on Beijing over its human rights record, rejecting suggestions that she backed away from her longtime advocacy on the issue during a recent trip to China.
Pelosi deplored that Beijing was still holding prisoners for taking part in the Tiananmen Square democracy protests crushed 20 years ago this week.
“Twenty years later people are still being incarcerated for speaking out about anything other than the party line,” Pelosi said. “I don’t know that this is an evolution.”
See also CDT’s exclusive interview with Pelosi during her recent trip to China (now with Chinese transcript).