US, China Set 2011 Rights Meeting in “Candid” Talks

Reuters sums up the recently concluded human rights dialogue between the U.S. and China:

While Assistant Secretary Mike Posner said he valued the “candid and constructive” tone of the talks and raised specific cases of jailed lawyers and activists, he indicated the meetings did not win the release of Chinese political or religious prisoners, as sought by the human rights community.

“We have, we will continue to raise our concerns about specific cases,” Posner told reporters.

…”The tone of the discussion was very much ‘we’re two powerful, great countries. We have a range of issues that we are engaged on. Human rights is part of that discussion and it’s going to remain so,'” said Posner.

Chinese officials did not make public comments on the talks, which Posner said also covered U.S. issues, such Arizona’s draconian new policies on illegal immigrants, racial relations and the problems of Muslim Americans.

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