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Group Says China Cracking Down on Dissidents During Clinton Visit

Chinese human rights activists say police have harassed and intimidated dissidents so they would not speak out during U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's visit to Beijing.

The Chinese Human Rights Defenders group said Saturday that a number of dissidents have been put under house arrest, questioned and followed by Beijing police in an effort to silence them during Clinton's visit.

The group said that among those under house arrest is Zeng Jinyan, the wife of imprisoned activist Hu Jia.

It issued a statement after Clinton said the debate with China over human rights should not get in the way of progress in other areas.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP abd AP.