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US House speaker Nancy Pelosi; Tibet supporter visits China

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Rep. Nancy Pelosi, speaker of the House of Representatives, left, meets with Liu Yungeng, chairman of Shanghai's Municipal People's Congress, right, in Shanghai, China, on Sunday, May 24, 2009. Photo: APDharamshala: Just two years after Chinese students died in the bloody massacre at Tienanmen Square, speaker Nancy Pelosi unfurled a banner in Tiananmen that read, "To those who died for democracy in China", now a week before the 20th anniversary of the uprising, Pelosi is returning to China.   The purpose of her visit is to address the environment and global warming, but the anniversary of the students democracy movement, and the speaker’s support of Tibet may influence the agenda.

"The urgency of the global climate crisis requires that critical choices be made now that are bold and based on the clearest understanding of how to achieve our goals of preserving the planet and protecting the health of the world's people," Pelosi said in a statement."Climate change provides a crucial opportunity for dialogue between our two nations," she continued.

The speaker has been vocal in her condemnation of China’s actions in Tibet. Her intention to speak out for human rights in a dialogue between the US and China was made clear last year following the crackdown in Tibet, Pelosi implored "freedom-loving people" in the world to "speak out against China's oppression in Tibet". 

Liu Yungeng, head of the Shanghai Municipal People's Congress said "ever since US President Obama took office, relations between our two countries have been progressing very steadily and progressively." Secretary Clinton visited China earlier this year and focused on the world economy, forgoing the topic of human rights offenses and the Tibet issue.

Pelosi is accompanied by Rep. Ed Markey, a Democrat from Massachusetts and committee chairman; Rep. James Sensenbrenner, a Republican from Wisconsin and ranking committee member; Rep. Earl Blumenauer, a Democrat from Oregon; Rep. Jay Inslee, a Democrat from Washington; and Rep. Jackie Speie, a Democrat from California.  She will remain in China until May 31.
Last Updated ( Thursday, 28 May 2009 15:01 )  


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