05/03/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Bush Administration Tries To Block Lawsuit Against Top Chinese Leader

The Bush administration is trying to scuttle a federal human rights lawsuit that threatens to embarrass one of China's top political leaders. The administration says the case could jeopardize trade and "has already had a chilling effect on U.S.-China relations," documents show.

The lawsuit, which was filed in U.S. district court, accuses Bo Xilai--a member of China's elite Politburo and until recently the country's trade minister--of controlling and directing forced labor camps where inmates were beaten, suffocated and killed.

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