WASHINGTON, D.C. /eNewsChannels/ — As President Obama and President Hu Jintao agreed during their November 2009 meeting, the U.S.-China Human Rights Dialogue began today. Assistant Secretary for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Michael Posner and Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs Director General for International Organizations Chen Xu are leading the Dialogue.

Rule of law, religious freedom, freedom of expression, labor rights, and other human rights issues of concern will be raised over the two-day Dialogue.

According to the US state dept: “We are fully committed to promoting human rights everywhere, including China, and look forward to candid and in-depth discussions.”