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US ambassador raps China for arrests of 'moderate voices'

Published on Jun 25, 2014 4:49 PM
 
US Ambassador to China Max Baucus speaks at a luncheon with US business leaders in China, at a hotel in Beijing on June 25, 2014. Mr Baucus chided Beijing on Wednesday for a wave of arrests of "moderate voices", in his first public address since arriving in March. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BEIJING (AFP) - The new US ambassador to China Max Baucus chided Beijing on Wednesday for a wave of arrests of "moderate voices", in his first public address since arriving in March.

Mr Baucus, who succeeded Gary Locke, did not name names in his speech to businesspeople but told them that greater rights protections would strengthen US-China relations.

Activists and others in China have come under increasing pressure from ruling Communist Party authorities.

"In the past year, China has arrested several moderate voices who had peacefully advocated for such basic things as good governance, the rights of ethnic minorities and the rule of law," Mr Baucus said at a lunch hosted by groups including the American Chamber of Commerce in China.

 
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