The US on May 27 gave a cautious endorsement to this week’s resumption of a human rights dialogue with China that has been frozen since 2002. The talks come a few months before Beijing hosts the Olympic Games in August and weeks after deadly riots in Tibet and the subsequent security crackdown that drew international criticism. But US Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, David Kramer, told reporters he was concerned about “reports that people were told … that [activists] were being placed under house arrest and were not to come and join us for meetings.” (Reuters)

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