White House sends tough message on NGOs as Xi visits

US National Security Adviser Susan Rice speaks about the US - China relationship and upcoming Chinese State Visit to Washington at George Washington University in Washington, DC, September 21, 2015A top White House official Tuesday hosted US non-governmental groups who face tough new Chinese security laws, a high-profile statement of concern as Xi Jinping arrived in the United States. White House National Security Advisor Susan Rice met several representatives from among the universities, businesses and rights groups who would be forced to register and report to the Chinese security services if the draft law enters into force. “Today’s discussion focused on concerns that the draft legislation would further narrow space for civil society in China,” the White House said in a statement that came hours after the Chinese leader landed in the United States.

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