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Washington: On the eve of a new round of high-level talks, China and the US agreed to work to enhance strategic trust, media reported on Tuesday.
A strategic security dialogue was held on Monday before the annual Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED),

Xinhua news reported.

The strategic security dialogue, co-chaired by Chinese Vice Foreign Minister,  Zhang Yesui and US Deputy Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, was attended by Sun Jianguo, deputy chief of staff of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army and US Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Christine Wormuth and US Ambassador to China Max Baucus.

The two sides had an in-depth exchange of views on security issues of common concern.

They agreed that the two sides should continue dialogue and communication on security-related issues, work to enhance strategic trust, and push forward the construction of a stable China-U.S. strategic security relationship.

This year’s S&ED will be co-chaired by Vice Premier,  Wang Yang and State Councilor,  Yang Jiechi,  on the Chinese side, and Secretary of State, John Kerry and Treasury Secretary, Jacob Lew, on the US side.

Apart from the S&ED, Chinese Vice Premier Liu Yandong will co-chair with Kerry a high-level consultation on people-to-people exchanges.

(IANS)

 

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Tibetan Activist Sentenced to 5 Years of Imprisonment in China

A Tibetan education activist was on Tuesday sentenced to five years in prison by a Chinese court for inciting separatism, Amnesty International (AI) said, calling the sentence "unjust" and urging his immediate release.

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A Tibetan education activist was on Tuesday sentenced to five years in prison by a Chinese court for inciting separatism, Amnesty International (AI) said, calling the sentence “unjust” and urging his immediate release.

The main evidence against Tashi Wangchuk, who was sentenced by a court in Yushu Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in Qinghai province, was a 2015 video by the New York Times about his campaign for saving the Tibetan language, according to his lawyer.

“Today’s verdict against Tashi Wangchuk is a gross injustice. He is being cruelly punished for peacefully drawing attention to the systematic erosion of Tibetan culture,” AI East Asia Research Director Joshua Rosenzweig was cited as saying by Efe news.

Before his arrest, the 31-year-old activist had expressed concern over the fact that many Tibetan children could not fluently speak their native language, contributing to the progressive extinction of the Tibetan culture.

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“Tashi must be immediately and unconditionally released,” demanded AI, pointing out that the activist had already spent two years in detention without access to his family.

Rosenzweig claimed that Tashi Wangchuk “was a human rights defender and prisoner of conscience who used the media and China’s own legal system in his struggle to preserve Tibetan language, culture and identity”.

In the New York Times video, the activist had highlighted “the extreme discrimination and restrictions on freedom of expression that Tibetans face in China today”.

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Non-profit Human Rights Watch (HRW) also criticized the prison term for Tashi Wangchuk, whose “only crime was to peacefully call for the right of minority peoples to use their own language”, a right safeguarded by the Chinese Constitution.

“His conviction on bogus separatism charges show that critics of government policy on minorities have no legal protections,” said HRW China Director Sophie Richardson. (IANS)

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