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House of Lords written question – answered on 6th June 2011.

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Photo of Lord Myners Lord Myners Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have made representations to the Government of China about the detention of the artist Ai Weiwei.

Photo of Lord Howell of Guildford Lord Howell of Guildford Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (International Energy Policy)

On 4 April 2011 the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, my right honourable friend the Member for Richmond (Yorks) (Mr Hague), made a public statement outlining our concerns (http://ukinegyptSco.gov.ulden/news/?view-News&id=579056182). His statement called on the Chinese Government to clarify Mr Ai's situation and expressed the hope that he would be released immediately.

On 11 April 2011 my right honourable friend the Deputy Prime Minister raised Mr Ai's case when he met Shanghai Party Secretary and Politburo Standing Committee member, Yu Zhengsheng. The Minister of State, my right honourable friend Mr Browne, wrote to the Chinese ambassador regarding Ai's case and other human rights issues on 3 May 2011. The Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, my right honourable friend the Member for Richmond (Yorks) (Mr Hague), and Minister of State, my right honourable friend Mr Browne, also raised Mr Ai's case with Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Fu Ying when she visited London on 12 May 2011. We will continue to monitor closely developments in Mr Ai's case and look for further opportunities to raise our concerns.

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