Hillary Clinton’s Tweet on Detained Feminists Draws Response from China

On Monday, Hillary Clinton used her Twitter account to call attention to the plight of five Chinese women’s rights activists who have been detained for “picking quarrels and provoking troubles,” linking to a New York Times story about their plight:

Now, according to Reuters, China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Hua Chunying has fired back at Clinton, without naming her directly. “China is a country ruled by law. Relevant departments will handle the relevant case according to law. We hope that public figures in other countries can respect China’s judicial sovereignty and independence,” he said in a news briefing.

The five women — Li Tingting, Wei Tingting, Wang Man, Zheng Churan and Wu Rongrong — are already drawing comparisons to the members of Pussy Riot, who were jailed in Russia for years after protesting Vladimir Putin’s regime.

Others in the U.S., like U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, have been advocating for the women as well .“If China is committed to advancing the rights of women, then it should be working to address the issues raised by these women’s rights activists — not silencing them,” she said in a statement.

If convicted, the women could spend between five and ten years in jail.

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