The new hall – the public face of the Barenboim-Said Akademie – will offer a musically diverse program that combines outstanding works of traditional chamber music from the 19th and 20th centuries and today, with unique compositions from the Middle East, as well as guest appearances by some of the world's finest musicians. Learn more about the Pierre Boulez Saal, opening in March 2017...
Indeed, the Chinese government confirmed the meeting late Friday only after repeated calls to the Foreign Ministry. A day earlier, a ministry spokesman said details still had to be "discussed and arranged."
"Objectively speaking, the announcement is being made at the last minute," said Joshua Rosenzweig of the Dui Hua Foundation, a rights group, in Hong Kong. "It's also interesting that the U.S. is making it unilaterally and that they're using this language."
The American announcement bluntly says that the talks will focus on "the recent negative trend of forced disappearances, extralegal detentions and arrests and convictions" -- highly unusual in such a statement and most likely reflecting Washington's growing frustration with the human rights situation in China.
Not permitted or governed by law.
extralegally ex'tra·le'gal·ly adv.
[形]法の領域外の, 法制外の, 超法規の.