PM raises human rights issue in China

Concerns about China’s record on human rights was the key topic of discussion during prime minister Jan Peter Balkenende’s meeting with his Chinese counterpart Wen Jiabao on Sunday, report the Dutch media.

‘This issue must be addressed. I have done so in the past, today and will continue to do so in the future,’ Balkenende told reporters. The prime minister is in China for three days in connection with the Olympic games.
Among the issues brought up by Balkenende were press freedom, the position of those who defend human rights, the rights of ethnic minorities and the situation in Tibet.
Balkenende told reporters the Chinese prime minister felt there should be further dialogue on these points and they will be on the agenda when he makes an official visit to the country again at the end of October.

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