Growing Concern Over China's Human Rights Record

Growing Concern Over China's Human Rights Record

China steps up arrests of artists, journalists and activists. The U.S. and other nations have condemned the actions. China's human rights record amid its growing global influence.

Forty years ago, China invited an American ping-pong team to visit - the first step in reversing decades of little contact with the U.S. Today the U.S.-China relationship is critically important. The two nation's economies - the world's largest - are intricately linked. The U.S. and China share global and strategic concerns as well. But the recent arrests of Chinese journalists, lawyers, writers and artists have evoked international criticism. This week the Obama administration publicly admonished China for its troubling human rights record. We'll talk about China's response and whether pushing Beijing to allow more dissent is an effective strategy.

Guests

Kenneth Lieberthal

senior fellow and director of the John L. Thornton China Center at The Brookings Institution; former senior director for Asia at the National Security Council under President Clinton.

John Pomfret

diplomatic correspondent, The Washington Post; adjunct senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations; author of "Chinese Lessons: Five Classmates and the Story of the New China."

Renee Xia

international director, Chinese Human Rights Defenders Network.

John Frisbie

president, U.S.-China Business Council.

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