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Clinton Says Tibet, Human Rights Part of Broad US-China Dialogue


U.S. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton says Tibet and human rights are part of a broad range of issues the U.S. is discussing with China.

Clinton said she raised the Tibet issue in her talks Wednesday with Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi in Washington.

Clinton approved a statement Tuesday expressing deep concern about human rights in Tibet and accusing China of harming its religion, culture and livelihood. The statement came on the 50th anniversary of a failed Tibetan uprising against Chinese rule.

Earlier Wednesday, China's foreign ministry spokesman rejected the U.S. criticism and accused Washington of interfering in China's affairs. Ma Zhaoxu said the Obama administration was confusing the facts and jeopardizing U.S.-China relations.

The U.S. House of Representatives marked the uprising anniversary Wednesday by passing a resolution urging China to end "repression" in Tibet. The nonbinding measure won support from 422 lawmakers in the 435-member chamber.

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