US, China to resume 'human rights' dialogue in May

The United States and China will formally resume their dialogue on human rights next month for the first time in two years.

US, China to resume 'human rights' dialogue in May

The United States and China will formally resume their dialogue on human rights next month for the first time in two years.

The U.S. State Department said on Thursday the May 13-14 meeting in Washington would address issues including religious rights, rule of law and Internet freedom -- which this year put online giant Google Inc on a collision course with Beijing.

The two sides last formally held a dialogue on human rights in May 2008. Before that, the discussion had been frozen since 2002.

State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said the dialogue could be expected to include cases of lawyers and human rights activists who have clashed with the Chinese government, as well as Internet censorship.

"I am sure that the broader topic of Internet freedom and the availability of information to Chinese citizens ... would come up," Crowley said.

This year's meeting was originally scheduled for February but had to be rescheduled because "the timing was not right," Crowley told a news briefing.


Reuters

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