Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives for his welcoming banquet on the start of his visit to the United States, at the Westin Hotel in Seattle, Washington on September 22, 2015. AFP PHOTO/MARK RALSTON
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A top White House official Tuesday hosted U.S. non-governmental groups who face tough new Chinese security laws, a high-profile statement of concern as Xi Jinping arrived in the United States.White House National Security Advisor Susan Rice met several representatives from among the universities, businesses and rights groups that would be forced to register and report to the Chinese security services if the draft law enters into force.The controversial draft law looks set to be yet another area of contention when Xi meets President Barack Obama at the White House on Friday for a summit designed to strengthen ties."The past year alone has been marked by further erosion of rule of law, tightening restrictions on civil society and outright attacks on human rights defenders and political dissidents," he wrote in an opinion article that appeared in the Washington Examiner.He urged Obama to invite Chinese human rights activists to Xi's state dinner.
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