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China rights lawyer Li missing, wife pleas for information

One of China's most prominent human rights lawyers, Li Fangping, remains missing three days after he called his wife to say he was being led away by state security police, apparently the latest target of a crackdown on dissent. Full story

US envoy says rights talks with China yield little

An American human rights envoy said Thursday that China provided no useful information when probed about specific cases of individuals who have been detained or who disappeared in a major crackdown on dissent in recent months. Full story

U.S. denies considering tougher visas for Chinese officials

The U.S. State Department denied a newspaper report on Wednesday that Washington could respond to a series of Chinese diplomatic snubs by making it more difficult for senior Chinese officials to secure visas. Full story

Q+A: China's human rights record and the China-U.S. dialogue

Human rights is one of the most contentious issues in U.S.-China ties and the two powers are holding a two-day dialogue in Beijing about the issue, where Washington has said it will speak strongly about Beijing's crackdown on dissent. Full story

Australia's Gillard woos China and presses on human rights

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard on Tuesday pressed China on human rights and North Korea, while seeking to boost trade with her nation's biggest buyer of coal and iron ore. Full story

China-US to hold rights dialogue amid crackdown

U.S. diplomats will discuss recent disappearances and detentions of Chinese dissidents during human rights talks in Beijing next week, the U.S. State Department said. Full story

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  China human rights loom at state dinner

The White House put on the pomp to welcome China's leader Hu Jintao, but all the glitz and personal diplomacy could not disguise fundamental disagreements over business and human rights. NBC’s Andrea Mitchell reports.