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Senator Rubio: Chinese dissidents deserve U.S. support

Posted on Sep 22, 2015 in Global Efforts, International Relations, News, Xi Jinping Visit to America | Comments Off on Senator Rubio: Chinese dissidents deserve U.S. support

By MARCO RUBIO * 9/22/15 12:02 AM   Events in China have garnered significant media attention in recent months. From wildly fluctuating markets, which have directly affected American businesses and families, to unprecedented cyberattacks on government networks, which compromised the personal data of millions of Americans – China is in the news. These issues, along with China’s continued aggression in the South China Sea, will most assuredly be on the agenda during the State Visit of Chinese President and Communist Party General Secretary Xi Jinping this week. Whether the Obama administration will be able to secure meaningful progress on any of these fronts remains to be seen, although if previous rounds of cordial dialogue are any indication, the prospects are bleak. In addition to these myriad issues is China’s grave and deteriorating human rights landscape – a particularly intractable area in...

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64 Questions for Xi Jinping

Posted on Sep 21, 2015 in News, Publications, Rule of Law in China, Xi Jinping Visit to America | Comments Off on 64 Questions for Xi Jinping

64 Questions for Xi Jinping Proposed by Initiatives for China/Citizen Power for China   Introduction On Tuesday, Xi Jinping will begin his first state visit to the U. S. To prepare for the visit, the Chinese propaganda apparatus, as usual, has attempted to portray a China that is not only a far cry from reality but in many ways the opposite of what’s true. But unfortunately for Xi Jinping, he is visiting a free country beyond the control of his communist mouthpiece media. Today, Initiatives for China, the Washington, DC-based advocacy group, put forward “64 Questions for Xi Jinping.” They might well be also considered by others worldwide, especially American officials, journalists, and citizens who are blinded by Beijing’s propaganda and, therefore,  simply praise Xi’s visit, or who advocate U. S.-China relations lacking true critical assessment of Xi’s extreme...

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CECC Hearing on Xi Jinping Visit

Posted on Sep 21, 2015 in Highlights, News, Publications, Rule of Law in China, Xi Jinping Visit to America | Comments Off on CECC Hearing on Xi Jinping Visit

Congressional-Executive Committee on China Hearing on Urging China’s President Xi To Stop State-Sponsored Human Rights Abuses Capitol Visitor Center, Room HVC 210 Washington, DC 20515 | Friday, September 18, 2015 – 2:00pm to 4:00pm As President Obama prepares to host Chinese President Xi Jinping on September 24-25, 2015, the Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC) will hold a hearing to examine the critical human rights and rule of law issues that deserve frank and robust discussions during the planned state visit. It has been another bad year for human rights in China.  In its forthcoming Annual Report, scheduled for release in October, the CECC will provide documentation of the Chinese government and Communist Party’s efforts to silence dissent, suppress human rights advocacy, and control civil society – efforts that are broader in scope than any other period documented since the...

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Press Conference Held Outside White House Highlights Escalating Repression

Posted on Sep 18, 2015 in News, Publications, Xi Jinping Visit to America | Comments Off on Press Conference Held Outside White House Highlights Escalating Repression

For Immediate Release Contact: Pema Yoko (646) 266-0382, pema@studentsforafreetibet.org Lhadon Tethong (917) 418-4181, lhadon@tibetaction.net Photo Link: https://drive.google.com/drive/u/0/folders/0B2WLQjpxNh1PTEY4cnQ1MlFzZW8 TIBETANS, UIGHURS, AND CHINESE CALL ON OBAMA TO CONFRONT XI ON RIGHTS DURING U.S.-CHINA SUMMIT Press Conference Held Outside White House Highlights Escalating Repression Washington, D.C. – Tibetan, Uighur and Chinese activists today held a press conference and portrait action in front of the White House in anticipation of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s first official state visit to the U.S., expected to be September 24-25th. They called on President Obama to speak out publicly against Xi Jinping’s escalating campaign of repression in Tibet, China and East Turkestan (also known as Xinjiang). To illustrate the human cost of Chinese state repression, activists held portraits of dozens of individuals targeted, imprisoned or who have died in recent years as a result of Beijing’s hardline policies. “President Obama is preparing...

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Keep Lafayette Square open during the Chinese president’s visit

Posted on Sep 12, 2015 in International Relations, News, Publications, Xi Jinping Visit to America | Comments Off on Keep Lafayette Square open during the Chinese president’s visit

Keep Lafayette Square open  during the Chinese president’s visit By Editorial Board, September 11 Yang Jianli speaks at a demonstration in Lafayette Square in Washington in 2012. (Linda Davidson/The Washington Post) ONE OF the things we hope Chinese President Xi Jinping takes away from his visit this month to the United States is the importance of free expression in a strong society. It’s a point that President Obama should stress in his meetings with Mr. Xi. And to show how America not just allows – but actually welcomes – this precious freedom, Mr. Obama might want to point out the windows of the White House to Lafayette Square, a prominent place for political protest in the nation’s capital. That’s assuming, of course, the White House doesn’t take a page from Mr. Xi’s playbook and shut down protests in the park, ostensibly for security...

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9 NGOs Letter to President Obama on Xi’s Visit

Posted on Sep 9, 2015 in Highlights, InterEthnic InterFaith Leadership Conference, News, Publications, Rule of Law in China, Tibet, Uyghur, Xi Jinping Visit to America | Comments Off on 9 NGOs Letter to President Obama on Xi’s Visit

President Barack Obama The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, D.C. 20500   Dear President Obama, We write regarding the state visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping on September 24-25, 2015.  Our organizations have worked to help promote and defend human rights in China for decades, and are deeply concerned by the significant erosions to rights during President Xi’s tenure. We appreciate your administration’s expressions of concern about the deteriorating human rights environment in China.  Yet we believe that in light of the high-level reception that will be given President Xi, whose leadership is responsible for this human rights crisis, inviting representatives of China’s persecuted rights advocates to the White House continues to be essential and appropriate. One of the primary targets of the Chinese government’s hostility is also one of the country’s greatest human rights success stories...

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