Portraits of Chinese female activists are pictured during a protest calling for their release in Hong Kong

China protests U.S. calls to release women activists

Portraits of Chinese female activists are pictured during a protest calling for their release in Hong KongChina has lodged a formal protest with Washington after U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State John Kerry called for the release of five detained women activists, the foreign ministry said on Monday. The tussle over the activists could further strain ties between China and the United States, which frequently grapple over everything the value of the yuan currency to China’s growing military assertiveness. The women, Li Tingting, 25, Wei Tingting, 26, Wang Man, 32, Zheng Churan, 25, and Wu Rongrong, 30 were taken into custody on the weekend of March 8, International Women’s Day, after they had planned to demonstrate against sexual harassment on public transport, such as buses and trains. Biden tweeted on Saturday that China should release them, saying, “We urge Chinese leaders to show respect for women’s rights,” and adding, “Rights of women and girls should never be suppressed.” In a statement on Friday, Kerry said the U.S. government backed the efforts of the activists, saying, “We believe that Chinese authorities should also support them, not silence them.” China has lodged “representations” with the United States over the comments, Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said.

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