Pelosi Won't Slap China on Human Rights

Long critical of Beijing, speaker will focus on environment in visit
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted May 24, 2009 1:29 PM CDT
In this March 21, 2008 file photo, Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama and US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi talk to the media in Dharamsala, India.   (AP Photo/Gurinder Osan, File)
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(Newser) – Like Hillary Clinton before her, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will sidestep Beijing's human rights record on her weeklong trip to China that began today, reports the Washington Post. Pelosi, who has been a vocal critic of the Tiananmen Square massacre and Chinese policies on Tibet, says the focus of her trip will be climate change.

"We have to . . . learn from each other as we go forward. So that is the subject," said the speaker before departing today.