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Smith acknowledged doubts that the Chinese president would respond to calls for expanded human rights. During his June 4 speech—on the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre—Smith mentioned the U.S. State Department last week asked Chinese officials to end the government’s ongoing harassment of those involved in the Tiananmen protests 24 years ago. (The department also asked Chinese officials to account for those killed, detained or missing.)

Smith noted the Chinese Foreign Ministry responded by saying the U.S. should “stop interfering with Chinese internal affairs so as not to sabotage China-U.S. relations.”

This weekend, human rights advocates hope Obama won’t see advocating for human rights as interfering with foreign relations. Smith asked the president to remember those suffering, and to “be bold, be tenacious, and seriously raise human rights with Chinese President Xi.”

Jamie Dean
Jamie Dean

Jamie lives and works in North Carolina, where she covers the national political beat and other topics as news editor for WORLD. Follow Jamie on Twitter @deanworldmag.

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