The Government's priority is to raise human rights concerns directly with the Chinese Government, both bilaterally and through the European Union, not through the IOC. The Prime Minister and the Foreign Secretary discussed human rights during their respective visits to China in January and February. I raised human rights, and, in particular, media freedom during my visit to China in November 2007, and during Chinese Vice Minister Cai Mingzhao's visit to the UK in March 2008.
When I visited China in September 2006, I strongly encouraged the Chinese Government to consider a liberalisation of media regulations. On