According to the left-leaning UK Independent, Jeremy Corbyn will meet the Chinese President this week to raise the case of Liu Xiaobo, the only Nobel Prize-winner in the world under house arrest, and to call for the release of imprisoned human rights lawyers. The Independent claims that the Labour leader had threatened to use a white-tie state banquet on Tuesday evening to raise human rights concerns with President Xi Jinping, prompting British and Chinese officials to quickly arrange a one-to-one meeting.
Clearly, David Cameron and George Osborne are careful not to embrass President Xi during his state visit with focus on human rights in China. Osborne has decided that Chinese gifts are moe important than other issues (see the excellent NYT article that suggests that the UK is putting commerce ahead of national security).
BUT Jeremy Corbyn, love him or loathe him, is currently the leader of the UK’s Labour Party. Corbyn may be a dangerous loose canon but his potential intervention is a power play. I bet David Cameron and George Osborne are seething.
Let me ask two open question:
Is it right to muzzle Corbyn? If so, how should it be done effectively?