President Obama plans to raise human rights issue with his Chinese counterpart President Hu Jintao during his U.S. visit next week, according to senior administration officials.

The Washington Post reported Friday that administration officials close to the planning process of Hu’s visit said Obama will publically and privately call on China to expand civil liberties. Obama also met with five advocates for human rights in China on Thursday, including three born in China, to prepare to discuss the issue with Hu.

It was the first time that Obama met with advocates for rights in China at the White House.

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