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China plays down US human rights concerns

China plays down US human rights concerns but says it can be discussed at summit

China plays down US human rights concerns

WASHINGTON (AP) -- China says it is open to discussing human rights at a September leadership summit with the U.S. but the two world powers should not let the issue "dominate" their relationship.

The U.S. says it is pressing for improvements on human rights in China to set a positive tone for the Washington summit between President Barack Obama and President Xi Jinping.

The two sides held a human rights dialogue here Thursday. While the U.S. side expressed "growing alarm" over the situation in China, the nation's delegation leader Li Jinhua told reporters Friday that human rights in the Asian nation were in fact improving every day.

He said played down the U.S. concerns, including objections to a draft law policing non-government organizations, and a crackdown on public interest lawyers.

Updated : 2021-09-25 22:46 GMT+08:00