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“We’re not here to grab your resources,” Mr. Zhang said. “We’re here to participate.”

WARNING UKRAINE

The U.S. ambassador for women’s issues accused Ukrainian authorities of ignoring the rule of law by imprisoning the country’s first female prime minister on charges many Western officials have denounced as politically motivated.

Yulia Tymoshenko was “thrown into prison, ignoring [legal] procedures that had to be observed,” Melanne S. Verveer, ambassador-at-large for global women’s issues, told the Ukrainian newspaper Dzerkalo Tyzhnia on a visit this month to the former Soviet republic.

In October 2011, a Kiev court sentenced Mrs. Tymoshenko to seven years in prison for abusing her power as prime minister by brokering an energy deal with Russia in 2009.

Mrs. Tymoshenko, a popular Ukrainian nationalist, faced prosecution after losing the 2010 presidential election to Viktor Yanukovych, a pro-Moscow leader.

In her newspaper interview, Mrs. Verveer also criticized Ukraine’s Oct. 28 parliamentary elections, won by Mr. Yanukovych’s political party.

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, which monitored he elections, also cited the vote for failing to meet democratic standards.

“I think Ukraine deserves better,” Mrs. Verveer said. “This is a country with unlimited potential.”

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