US-China dialogue on human rights begins

The US-China dialogue on Human Rights will discuss rule of law, religious freedom, labour rights, Internet freedom.

Washington: The two-day US-China dialogue on Human Rights began on Friday with Washington raising its concern over rule of law, religious freedom, labour rights, and Internet freedom.

Assistant Secretary for Democracy, Human Rights and Labour Mike Posner and Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs director general for International Organisations Chen Xu are leading the dialogue for their respective countries.

US President Barack Obama and his Chinese counterpart Hu Jintao had agreed to hold a dialogue on human rights during their meeting in November last year.

"Rule of law, religious freedom, freedom of expression, labour rights, and other human rights issues of concern will be raised," Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs PJ Crowley said yesterday.
"Internet freedom is a dimension of our pursuit of freedom of expression. That segment of the discussion will happen this afternoon and it wouldn`t surprise me if a range of issues regarding Internet freedom comes up," Crowley said in response to a question.