Eleven countries signed a letter slamming China for torturing lawyers. The U.S. did not.
BEIJING - When 11 embassies signed on to a joint letter criticizing China over "credible claims" that lawyers and human rights activists have been tortured while in detention, there were two notable abstentions.
One was the 28-nation European Union, although some E.U. members signed on to the letter. The other was the United States.
Several joint letters have been sent by diplomatic missions in Beijing in the past year or so expressing concern over a crackdown on human rights, with ...