WASHINGTON (AP) — After heralding U.S. ties with China this week, the State Department has shed light on an issue that got little public attention during the high-level talks in Washington: human rights.
Repression of activists in China remains routine, and tens of thousands of political prisoners are incarcerated, according to the department's annual review of human rights conditions around the world, released Thursday.
Another Asian nation that figures prominently is former pariah nation Myanmar, where the Obama administration has restored diplomatic ties.
The report says abuses against minority Muslim Rohingya there are "severely troubling." The government also continued to arrest political prisoners.
Meanwhile in Thailand, America's oldest ally in Asia, the report says that more than 900 political leaders, academics and journalists were temporarily detained after a military coup.