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US House speaker Pelosi to visit China: state media

US House of Representatives speaker Nancy Pelosi will visit China this month, state press said Thursday of the longtime critic of Beijing's rule over Tibet and its human rights record.

world Updated: May 21, 2009 15:53 IST

US House of Representatives speaker Nancy Pelosi will visit China this month, state press said Thursday of the longtime critic of Beijing's rule over Tibet and its human rights record.

Pelosi, who will be heading a delegation from the US Congress, will arrive on Sunday and stay in China until May 31, the official Xinhua news agency said.

The House's first female speaker, Pelosi has been a vocal critic of China's rule of Tibet, drawing the wrath of Beijing, which resents any foreign interference in its internal affairs.

In March last year, when riots against Chinese rule erupted in Lhasa, Tibet's capital, and spread to nearby provinces, Pelosi urged "freedom-loving people" in the world to "speak out against China's oppression in Tibet."

And in October 2008, she commended the European Parliament for its "bold decision" to award the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought to Chinese human rights activist Hu Jia.