May 3 - U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton presses China on human rights but makes no specific mention of Chen Guangcheng. Paul Chapman reports.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's urged China to improve its human rights record but made no specific mention of the drama over dissident Chen Guangcheng. Her comments came in her opening address at the annual Strategic and Economic Dialogue in Beijing. SOUNDBITE: U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE HILLARY CLINTON SAYING (English): "As part of our dialogue the United States raises the importance of man rights and fundamental freedoms. Because we believe that all governments do have to answer to citizens' aspirations for dignity and the rule of law, and that no nation can or should deny those rights." Chinese President Hu Jintao made an unannounced appearance at the talks to call for increased mutual trust. SOUNDBITE: CHINESE PRESIDENT HU JINTAO SAYING (Mandarin): "Both sides must learn to respect each other, grasp the common ground and make the cake of common interest bigger, treat differences appropriately, respect and care for each other's concerns, properly resolve existing disputes through dialogue and communication and strengthen mutual understanding to avoid impacting the overall state of the Sino-U.S. relationship." On Thursday security was tightened at the hospital in Beijing where Chen Guangcheng is thought to be staying. China's been highly critical of U.S. diplomats who sheltered Chen at the U.S. embassy for six days until escorting him to the hospital. The drama erupted when Chen escaped from house arrest and took refuge at the embassy last week. There were hopes a diplomatic deal would allow Chen and his family to stay in China under improved conditions. Chen now says he wants to leave China with his family because he says his safety can't be assured. Paul Chapman, Reuters