Date
18 October 2017
File photo of Tibetan writer and activist Tsering Woeser waving from the balcony of her home in Beijing. Photo: Reuters
File photo of Tibetan writer and activist Tsering Woeser waving from the balcony of her home in Beijing. Photo: Reuters

China puts writers under house arrest as Kerry visits

A prominent writer and advocate of Tibetan rights said she and her husband were placed under house arrest during a visit to Beijing by US Secretary of State John Kerry, Reuters reported.

Tsering Woeser, who was conferred the International Women of Courage Award by the US State Department last year, said state security officers had prevented her and her spouse, author Wang Lixiong, from leaving their home since they returned from a trip to northern China on Tuesday.

Woeser, who has written several books on Tibet, said she was detained after a US Embassy staffer invited her by phone to meet a US official for dinner, according to the report.

Kerry is currently in Beijing along with US Treasury Secretary Jack Lew for annual talks with Chinese officials on political and economic issues.

Washington was “concerned” that Woeser and another recipient of the International Women of Courage Award had been placed under house arrest and prevented from attending the embassy dinner, a US State Department spokeswoman was quoted as saying.  She did not name the other detained woman.

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