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Multiple protests planned for Chinese president's state visit

January 20, 2011

By Ariana Eunjung Cha, Washington Post
Posted at 3:35 PM ET, 01/14/2011

Chinese President Hu Jintao's state visit to the United States may not
go as smoothly as the Obama administration may have hoped.

At least 17 Taiwanese-American organizations have announced that they
will hold demonstrations in front of the White House. Students for a
Free Tibet is organizing a march from the Chinese Embassy to the White
House and will follow Hu around Washington, denouncing his country's
policies at eight separate rallies that coincide with his meetings. And
the Uyghur American Association is also planningprotests.

Also joining in on the anti-Hu rallies will be Reporters Without
Bordersand Amnesty International USA.

Unlike President Obama's previous guests during state visits--the heads
of India and Mexico, who are relatively non-controversial--China's
president is routinely criticized for human rights abuses including
censorship, jailing critics without due process and denying rights to
minority populations.

The status of Taiwan and China's treatment of its Tibetan and Uighur
minority have long been a source of tension between the U.S. and China.

China has firmly held on to the notion of "One China" and insisted that
Taiwan is a breakaway province rather than a sovereign state. The
Taiwanese-American groups are calling on China to dismantle the missiles
it has targeted at Taiwan and "renounce the threat or use of force
against Taiwan."

China has also responded harshly to U.S. officials' concern about
reports of repression and violence in Tibet and in the majority-Muslim
Uighur province of Xinjiang by telling the U.S. to stay out of China's
domestic affairs. President Obama further embroiled tensions over Tibet
in February when he opened the White House doors to the Dalai Lama, the
exiled Tibetan spiritual leader. The Chinese have also blamed a Fairfax
resident, a former Uighur businesswoman, Rebiya Kadeer, for
"instigating" the riots in the summer of 2009 in the Xinjiang capital of
Urumuqi that left hundreds dead. Kadeer rejects the charge and said that
Chinese security forces attacked peaceful demonstrators, turning the
incident into a bloodbath.
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