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US lawmakers say human rights must be focus of China talks

Congressional report rips North Korea-like 'police state' in Xinjiang

China's northwestern Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region has been described as a "surveillance" state.   © Reuters

NEW YORK -- The White House and other policymakers must push for human rights in bilateral dealings with China, U.S. lawmakers behind a new report on China's rights abuses urged Wednesday.

"Today is the pivot point," Republican Congressman Christopher Smith said at a news conference announcing the Congressional-Executive Commission on China Annual Report.

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