The Heritage Foundation said it is in the process of offering a U.S. conference on human rights abuses in China, but a hotel in China’s Tianjin, where the conference is set to be held, told the Foundation it would not be interested in hosting the event.
“Heritage is committed to bringing reformers and defenders of human rights to China to engage with the leadership in the new government,” Steven D. Hurlbert, Heritage’s China director, said in a statement. “Tianjin hotel officials’ rejection of this chance to have frank and honest discussions about China’s human rights record is unacceptable.”
Hurlbert said the hotel did not explain the rejection and offered no response to his request for another venue.
The foundation is seeking to convene a conference at a private hotel in Tianjin, where General Secretary Xi Jinping recently visited. Chinese officials are now involved in probing opposition movements in China.
The embassy didn’t return requests for comment from The Washington Times.