US outlines pragmatic human rights approach to China, Russia

Updated On: Dec 15, 2009

Agence France Presse reports:

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton outlined a pragmatic stance on human rights in China and Russia, saying it is sometimes better to raise problems with them "behind closed doors."

The chief US diplomat's speech sparked concern from leading human rights group Amnesty International, even as her spokesman urged China publicly to immediately release Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo.

"Principled pragmatism informs our approach on human rights, informs our approach with all countries but particularly with key countries like China and Russia," she said in unveiling the Obama administration's human rights agenda.

US cooperation with Moscow and Beijing is "critical" to efforts to revive the global economy, halt the nuclear ambitions of Iran and North Korea, check the spread of dangerous weapons, and tackle climate change, Clinton said.

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