US 'deeply disappointed' by jailing of China activist

WASHINGTON - The United States said it was "deeply disappointed" by the jailing on Sunday of prominent Chinese legal activist Xu Zhiyong, who was sentenced to four years in prison for his role in anti-graft protests.

"We call on Chinese authorities to release Xu and other political prisoners immediately, cease restrictions on their freedom of movement, and guarantee them the protections and freedoms to which they are entitled under China's international human rights commitments," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in a statement.