Washington: Continuous human rights violation in Tibet by China has raised eyebrows all over the world. A concerned US in a meet later this month with China will discuss the recent crackdown by the Asian country on a Buddhist monastery and its continued arrest of human rights activists.

"We have talked about the recent trend of arrests and detentions of various civil rights or human rights activists in China. All this will be part of that dialogue," State Department spokesman Mark Toner told reporters.

Michael Posner, the State Department's point person on human rights issues, would be travelling to Beijing later this month for talks with the Chinese authorities on human rights issues.

At a press conference early this month, Posner had said, China is the country that keeps him awake at night.

"We are having a very rough and bad period in China, without a doubt," he said.

Clinton too had spoken against the poor human rights record of China early this month.

"Since February, dozens of people including public-interest lawyers, writers, artists, intellectuals and activists have been arbitrarily detained and arrested," she said.

"Among them, most recently was the prominent artist Ai Weiwei, who was taken into custody just this past Sunday," she said.

Posner said there's been a crackdown ever since the Nobel Prize went to jailed Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo last year, and that crackdown intensified following the uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia.

Toner said the US has been candid in its exchanges with China about human rights concerns both from the podium and in its private meetings with them.

"Certainly, we don't regard it as interference in our internal affairs when any foreign government or individual organization monitors our human rights practices," he said.

Last week, the State Department said the seizure of a Buddhist monastery in Tibet by Chinese authorities is against the internationally recognized principles of religious freedom.

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