US Urged to Cancel Xi Jinping Visit

Activists are urging Barack Obama to cancel an upcoming visit from the Chinese president, Xi Jinping, after more than 145 human rights lawyers and campaigners were detained in China as part of a rapidly intensifying campaign against civil society.
A petition sent to the White House website said: “Since Xi Jinping came to power, China’s human rights record has kept worsening.
“Xi’s state visit to the US scheduled for September this year should be cancelled, and all official exchanges with the Chinese government should be suspended until this matter is resolved.”
Wen Yunchao, a prominent pro-democracy blogger who has backed the campaign, said: “The US and the West have a moral responsibility to react to China’s crackdown.