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The 18th U.S.-China Human Rights Dialogue


Press Statement
Jen Psaki
Spokesperson, Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
July 26, 2013

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Building on discussions during the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue, July 10-11, the next session of the annual U.S.-China Human Rights Dialogue will be held, July 30-31, in Kunming, China.

Acting Assistant Secretary for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Uzra Zeya and Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs Department of International Organizations and Conferences Director-General Li Junhua will lead their respective delegations in the dialogue. The two sides will discuss rule of law, freedom of religion, freedom of expression, labor rights, rights of ethnic minorities, and other human rights issues over the course of the dialogue.

The U.S. delegation will also visit Beijing for discussions with officials and civil society representatives. The promotion of human rights remains a key tenet of U.S. foreign policy, including toward China, and we are committed to continuing candid and in-depth discussion with the Chinese government on this issue.

The Human Rights Dialogue provides an important opportunity to elaborate on our concerns about China’s human rights record and to encourage progress, building on engagement on this topic throughout the year.



PRN: 2013/0928

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