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US alarmed over human rights in China

Activists protest outside the Chinese embassy in Bangkok on August 6, 2015 to demand the release of over 200 human rights lawyers and activists as US officials say human rights continue to deteriorate in the countryA US official has signaled increasing alarm in the country over deterioration of human rights in China, saying the topic will be central in an upcoming visit by the Chinese president to Washington. Delegations of the two world powers met on Thursday and are meeting again Friday in Washington for their annual “Human Rights Dialogue,” addressing one of the thorniest issues between the two governments. “The dialogue gave us a chance to convey in advance of that visit the growing sense of alarm in the United States about human rights developments in China and to stress the importance of making specific improvements in keeping with China’s own laws and international commitments,” assistant secretary for human rights Tom Malinowski said Thursday, referring to President Xi Jinping’s upcoming visit in September.

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