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U.S.-China: Make Human Rights a Priority with Xi

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In advance of President Trump’s first meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping, Freedom House has urged the American President to make support for fundamental freedoms a major topic of their discussions, and asked in a letter to the administration that President Trump condemn worsening repression and raise the names of specific political prisoners:

“Raising with President Xi the serious threats to human rights and intrinsic freedoms in China today, both publicly and privately, will signal U.S. resolve and strength, demonstrating that your administration will not acquiesce to the Chinese government’s long-standing insistence that Washington should not question the country’s dreadful record of political repression. Omitting human rights would be a strategic mistake.” Michael J. Abramowitz, president of Freedom House, said in a letter to President Trump.

“U.S. leadership on human rights issues is critical to protecting vital interests of the United States,” Abramowitz wrote. “The strongest bilateral relationships are the ones in which leaders can speak honestly and openly with one another. Speaking the truth is an asset to U.S. diplomatic relations and to freedom around the world.”

China is rated Not Free in Freedom in the World 2017Not Free in Freedom of the Press 2016, and Not Free in Freedom on the Net 2016.

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