Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom Visits China

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
April 30, 2013

Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom Suzan Johnson Cook and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Daniel Baer traveled to China April 22-25 to promote human rights and religious freedom. In Hong Kong, they discussed religious freedom issues with nongovernment organizations and government representatives. They also met with Cardinal John Tong Hon and engaged other religious leaders to encourage continued interfaith dialogue.

In Beijing, the delegation discussed enhancing exchanges on religious freedom issues and raised concerns, such as those related to Tibetans, Uighurs, and unregistered Christian groups, with officials from the State Administration for Religious Affairs and the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference. They also consulted with representatives of minority groups and other civil society leaders.

Promoting greater respect for human rights is among our top foreign policy objectives, including in our relations with China. The United States continues to urge respect for the universal right to freedom of religion for all people, including those in China who are affiliated with religious groups that are not officially recognized by the Chinese government.

PRN: 2013/0488