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China: Human Rights

Volume 473: debated on Thursday 13 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when a Chinese delegation last visited the UK as part of the UK-China human rights dialogue; when he expects such a delegation to next visit the UK; and with what frequency such visits have taken place in the last three years. (193063)

A Chinese delegation last visited the UK as part of the 15th round of the UK-China human rights dialogue in February 2007. The dialogue rotates between London and Beijing and we expect to receive the next Chinese delegation as part of the 17th round in the UK later this year. There have been two UK visits as part of the dialogue in the last three years. In addition, during our presidency of the EU, the UK hosted a third visit in December 2005 as part of the EU-China human rights dialogue. Outside this process, we continue to welcome a range of Chinese delegations with interests in governance and rule of law issues.