House panel pokes China with new embassy address

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Updated: 6/24 3:47 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — China may soon have an unhappy address for its embassy in Washington, D.C.

The House Appropriations Committee has included in its 2015 State Department budget a proposal to rename the stretch of road in front of the embassy "Liu Xiaobo Plaza."

Liu is an activist and Nobel Peace laureate serving an 11-year sentence in China on subversion charges.

The amendment, proposed by Republican Rep. Frank Wolf of Virginia, said the new name should apply for U.S. postal code purposes. The embassy's street address would be No. 1.

In a statement, Wolf said the change would highlight Liu's "unjust imprisonment."

In the 1980s, the street in front of the Soviet Embassy in Washington was named after dissident Andrei Sakharov.

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