Tsering Woeser

Tibetan writer Woeser Tsering. Pic: AP

BEIJING (AP) — A well-known Tibetan writer says she and her husband have been placed under house arrest in Beijing as China plays host to U.S. State Secretary John Kerry for the latest round of U.S.-China talks.

Woeser Tsering, who has been advocating Tibetans rights, said Wednesday that state security officers arrived at her Beijing home late Tuesday evening, shortly after she and her husband Wang Lixiong returned from a trip.

She says the state security officers refused to give a reason for the detention, but she believes it is related to a dinner invitation she received from the U.S. Embassy.

Woeser Tsering was awarded the 2013 International Women of Courage Award by the U.S. State Department, but Beijing banned her from traveling to Washington to receive the award.