China warns Britain not to bring up human rights during Xi Jinping’s visit because he would be offended

China warns Britain not to bring up human rights during Xi Jinping’s visit because he would be offended

This is worth a read. The Jeremy Corbyn threats are well known. BUT the Prince of Wales boycott because he’s a friend of the Dalai Lama is new.

Thoughts?

China News

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China provided instructions to the British government ahead of President Xi Jinping‘s state visit to London Oct. 20-23, advising leaders to refrain from raising the issue of human rights.

China’s ambassador to Britain, Liu Xiaoming, pointed out that good relations hang in the balance, and that Xi’s visit is expected to “herald a golden era for the relationship,” The Guardian reported.

“We don’t shy away from talking about human rights. What we are against is to use human rights to interfere with other countries’ internal affairs and to try to impose your own system on to others,” Liu said at a press conference Thursday. The ambassador said Xi would feel offended if human rights were raised as a topic of discussion.

Liu’s remarks come after three years of efforts at Downing Street to improve relations with Beijing. In 2012, relations hit a new low when…

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  1. This is heavy handed but indicative of the position the UK has allowed itself to get into by not exporting enough and getting ourselves into so much debt that we either have to cut off our nose to spite our face or behave as supplicants.

    Dr Alf has brought us an interesting article from the Guardian and tonight we saw the BBC doing a piece on Xi Jin Ping via Panorama.

    If we want Xi’s money and trade, we need to quietly eat humble-pie and get our own record on human rights into such good order that we become a model to follow.

    Dealing with Saudi Arabia, a country that beheads more people than ISIS, and funds them is not much of an example, nor is dealing with Qatar, another country that funds ISIS, takes bribes from FIFA in possible alleged collusion with Sepp Blatter, and works migrant construction workers to death.

    We need to target South America and countries in SE Asia outside China, and start selling things to them, and we need to cut the costs of central and local government so that we can unleash the private sector and start earning our own way.

    Then with financial independence and a cleaner bill of health, we can moralise and pontificate a bit about human rights if we must.

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