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President Trump's Human Rights Policy Toward China (San Francisco)

  • The Commonwealth CLub 110 The Embarcadero. Toni Rembe Rock Auditorium San Francisco, CA, 94105 United States (map)

Donald Trump's policy towards promoting human rights in China appears to be a bundle of contradictions. On the one hand, he has refused to publicly criticize the country, refused to meet with the Dalai Lama and threatened to reduce funding for the Human Rights Council—the principal forum for the multilateral engagement with China on human rights. On the other hand, his administration has secured the release and safe passage of several political prisoners, sanctioned a Chinese official for human rights abuses under the Global Magnitsky Act and issued sharp criticisms of the country during the Human Rights Council's September meeting.