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China Slams US Ambassador's Statement on Activist

19 April 2012

China says US Ambassador Gary Locke acted inappropriately when he urged Beijing to free a Chinese activist recently sentenced to jail. The official Xinhua news agency quoted Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Weimin as saying on Thursday that China is “absolutely opposed to interference in its internal affairs and judicial sovereignty by any foreign countries.” The activist, Ni Yulan, has fought for the rights of people forcibly evicted from their homes. She was sentenced by a Beijing court last week to two years and eight months in jail for unruly behavior and fraud.―AP

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