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U.S. Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues Maria Otero urged Beijing to address “counterproductive policies” in Tibetan areas that have created tensions and threatened Tibetans’ religious, cultural and linguistic identity.

State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said Washington has always been clear with China about its concerns for the human rights of Tibetans and others. She said the U.S. would be “just as clear” when Mr. Xi visits in February.

British Foreign Minister Jeremy Browne said the United Kingdom also is concerned. “I urge the Chinese government to exercise restraint, to release full details of the incidents, and to work to resolve the underlying grievances,” his statement said.