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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived in Beijing Wednesday for annual discussions with Chinese officials, the scheduled meeting could be overshadowed by the fate of a dissident who had sought refuge at the embassy of the United States. Chen Guangcheng, who was under house arrest, managed to escape the vigilance of his guards. According to relatives and activists of human rights, he fled to the U.S. Embassy in Beijing.
China and the United States did not formally expressed about the fate of dissent that could disrupt the atmosphere of the two-day discussions to be held on Thursday and Friday, between the two largest economies in the world. Before leaving for China on Monday night, Clinton said she would raise the issue of human rights with its stakeholders.
During the talks, the U.S. should ask China to put pressure on the regime of Bashar al-Assad in Syria. The U.S. should also seek assistance from China in resolving crises linked to nuclear programs of Iran and North Korea and encourage Beijing to help ease tensions in the South China Sea. The U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, will participate in these discussions, which should also include the exchange rate of the yuan and the issues of market access to China.