Chinese officials denied a visa to a top State Department envoy
and refused to meet with her to discuss issues of religious freedom days
before this week’s high-profile visit to Washington by China’s vice president, according to rights advocates and others.
Suzan Johnson Cook,
the U.S. ambassador at large for international religious freedom, was
scheduled to travel to China on Feb. 8, according to several rights
advocates who were invited to brief her ahead of the visit. But as the
date drew near, Chinese leaders refused to grant her meetings with