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China, U.S. to restart human rights talks in Dec.

BEIJING, Dec. 5 Kyodo

China and the United States will resume human rights talks this month, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao said Thursday.

Bilateral human rights dialogue, along with military talks, were suspended amid acrimony following the April 2001 collision of a U.S. spy plane and a Chinese fighter over the South China Sea which led to the death of the Chinese pilot.

Liu also said that Xiong Guangkai, deputy chief of general staff of the People's Liberation Army, will attend resumed bilateral military talks on Monday and Tuesday in Washington.

The decision to hold the first bilateral Defense Consultative Talks in two years follows an agreement between U.S. President George W. Bush and Chinese President Jiang Zemin to fully resume military exchanges when they met Oct. 25 at Bush's ranch in Texas.
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Date:Dec 9, 2002
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