As Clinton Visits China, State Dept. Stalls Release of Human Rights Report; 67 Days Late

( – Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was in China on Wednesday, knee-deep in human rights issues.

Clinton, along with Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Michael Posner and other top State Department officials, met with Chinese officials about human rights activist Chen Guangcheng, who is now believed to be under U.S. protection in Beijing.

Diplomats are scrambling to resolve the thorny issue presented by the blind legal activist, who made a daring escape from house arrest.

Ironically, Clinton, who is in the position of having to choose whether to defend the human rights of a human rights activist, is now 67 days late in sending to Congress the latest State Department reports on Human Rights conditions in China and other countries.

Chen was prominently mentioned in the last human rights report on China — the 2010 report — which was released by the State Department last year, and covers activities in the year 2009.

Read More at CNS News. By Pete Winn.

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