US to keep up pressure on China over human rights

The US would also like to see more concern from Muslim countries, which have been largely silent on the treatment of the Uighurs, mainly because of China's economic leverage, said Sam Brownback, US Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Free
The US would also like to see more concern from Muslim countries, which have been largely silent on the treatment of the Uighurs, mainly because of China's economic leverage, said Sam Brownback, US Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom. PHOTO: AFP

It won't shy away despite trade talks, says diplomat as clamour grows in US over issue

The United States is not avoiding pursuing human rights concerns in parallel with trade talks with China, says Mr Sam Brownback, US Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom.

"There's not per se a human rights track in the trade negotiations; they are set up to handle trade issues, not human rights issues," he said in an interview with The Straits Times on Thursday.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 19, 2019, with the headline 'US to keep up pressure on China over human rights'. Print Edition | Subscribe