Speaking at a joint news conference here with Foreign Minister Tang Jiaxuan, Albright said that human rights will be one of the “major subjects” she will be discussing in Beijing, but she observed that the Sino-American relationship is “multifaceted” and declared that it is “not a good idea” to link human rights and trade issues.

For his part, Tang used the gathering to lash out at critics of his government in Washington, saying that “a handful of anti-China elements is going all out to interfere with and obstruct the relationship” � an apparent reference to congressional critics of the administration’s policy toward Beijing on human rights, trade and security issues.