US, China trade barbs about Snowden case

PUBLISHED : Friday, 12 July, 2013, 7:29am
UPDATED : Monday, 15 July, 2013, 6:35am


WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. and China have wrapped up two days of high-level talks in upbeat fashion, but not before trading barbs about NSA leaker Edward Snowden and human rights.

The two sides announced plans to negotiate a bilateral investment treaty and more cooperation on combating climate change.

But Deputy Secretary of State said Thursday the U.S. was very disappointed how authorities in Beijing and Hong Kong handled Snowden's case by refusing to extradite him before he flew to Russia.

State Councilor Yang Jiechi retorted that the handling of the case by authorities in semi-autonomous Hong Kong was "beyond reproach."

Yang also rejected U.S. criticism of China's rights record in Tibet, saying people there enjoy "unprecedented freedom."

He added: "We hope the U.S. will improve its own human rights situation."