HUMAN rights will figure prominently in talks between Chinese and American leaders in Seattle in the wake of the release of two reports critical of China's treatment of dissidents. US President Bill Clinton will meet his Chinese counterpart Jiang Zemin on Saturday, the first ''summit'' between the leaders of the two countries since the June 4, 1989 massacre. They arrive today (US time) for talks on trade and economics at the end of the Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) Ministerial talks. A State Department spokesman said yesterday: ''Obviously human rights are at the top of the agenda of what we will be discussing with Jiang Zemin, along with trade and proliferation and other areas of mutual concern.'' Observers expect the historic meeting to yield a package of concessions, but this now stands to be blighted by the two reports from Asia Watch, a division of the New York-based Human Rights Watch. A second release, entitled China in 1993: One More Year of Political Repression is due out today. Earlier this week, a report entitled Human Rights in the APEC Region was handed to the US State Department, listing some 14 broad areas of abuse. The report says: ''The Chinese Government continued to arrest, detain and torture peaceful critics and to interfere with freedom of expression, association, assembly and religion. ''Releases of dissidents were carefully timed for political impact, as exemplified by the release days before the Olympic decision in September of writer and editor Wei Jingsheng after over 14 years of solitary confinement.'' While acknowledging recent positive steps, the report is largely damning of China's treatment of its citizens. Among the broad concerns raised are: Sentencing of dissidents for peaceful expression of political views. The State Security Law passed on February 22 and its clampdown on journalists. Refusal of medical help for prisoners and continual harassment of released prisoners. Torture. Restrictions on leaving and entering the country. Continued export of prison-made goods. Tibet, one of the key conditions linked to renewal of China's Most Favoured Nation status this year, is also brought up. The authors quote a mass demonstration held in Lhasa in May, after which at least 35 people were arrested, and the torture of a pregnant Tibetan woman. Senior Chinese officials in Seattle would only reiterate that they had their own position on human rights.