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US raises Tibet, cyber freedom during HR dialogue with China

Human rights violations in Tibet, arrests of activists and the issue of Internet freedom figured prominently during two-days of "candid" dialogue between the US and China, officials said.



Washington: Human rights violations in
Tibet, arrests of activists and the issue of Internet freedom
figured prominently during two-days of "candid" dialogue
between the US and China, officials said.

The two-day US-China Human Rights Dialogue ended
yesterday, but US officials were reluctant to air publicly
their differences with China on human rights issues fearing
that might jeopardise such meetings in the future.

"What I am pleased about is that we had a good two
days of discussions, respectful in tone, and at the same time,
direct in content," said Assistant Secretary of State for the
Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Michael H Posner
at the conclusion of the meeting.

Posner said there was a range of issues, where the US
and China can work together, but also a number of differences.

"Those differences were very clear. They were very
plainly expressed... we laid a foundation to continue those
discussions and we will continue them," he said.

"There are a range of things that we said and
discussed that need to be said, and we did say in, again, a
respectful but direct way," he said.

The two countries agreed to continue the discussions
in a variety of fora, including a legal expert`s dialogue and
agreed to set the dates and agenda to restart the discussions.

"We also agreed to a next round of this dialogue to be
held in China in 2011, and we are discussing further expert
discussions both on religious freedom issues and on labour,"
he said.

Posner, who is planning to visit Beijing next week,
said the idea was how to find ways to work together on areas
of potential mutual benefit, and how to find a way to address
and mitigate the differences.

"The tone of this is real important. And it was
important to me, as much as a lot of the things we were saying
express very serious concerns about very real issues.

"The tone of the discussion was very much we`re two
powerful, great countries, we have a range of issues that we
are engaged with - on, human rights is part of that
discussion, and it`s going to remain so.

"We`re going to continue to press on the things that
we hold dear," he said.

PTI

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