Human Rights in China: Trends and Policy Implications

21 11 2009

URL: http://opencrs.com/document/RL34729/. Source: Library of Congress.

Human rights has been a principal area of U.S. concern in its relations with the Peoples Republic of China (PRC), particularly since the violent government crackdown on the Tiananmen democracy movement in 1989. Some policy makers contend that the U.S. policy of engagement with China, especially since granting the PRC permanent normal trade relations status in 2000, has failed to produce meaningful political reform. Others argue that U.S. engagement has helped to accelerate economic and social change and build social and legal foundations for democracy and human rights in the PRC.

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