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Taken Question
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
December 7, 2005
Question Taken at December 6, 2005 Daily Press Briefing

China - Arrests of Chinese Dissidents During President's Visit (Taken Question)

Question:   Reaction to arrests of Chinese dissidents prior to/during President Bush's visit. What is the status of those arrested? Have we/will we raise this with the Chinese government?

Answer:   The President and his senior advisors raised our concerns with the Chinese Government about harassment, questioning, and detention of political activists and dissidents prior to and during the President's visit to Beijing. We will continue to do so.

These actions undermine progress in establishing a productive dialogue on human rights issues.

As we have stated on many occasions, the free flow of information is one of the cornerstones of a stable and prosperous society. We urge the Government of China to release all those detained or imprisoned for the peaceful expression of their views.

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Released on December 6, 2005

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