#59

A China analyst on the BBC reckoned Chinese leaders do care what others say…so now I’m going to see the triumph of more threats of boycott at the Opening of the Olympic Games resulting from putting this prominent human rights activist in jail.

Well, with the slowing of world economy on the horizon externally and high inflation together with this recent Tibet unrest, and other pressing issues at home, we’re going to see the success of those wishing to ‘tame’ the Chinese leaders on the human rights issue.

Can the Chinese leaders afford to see unrests and protests brewing in Beijing climax at the Olympic Games to the proportion that of the recent unrests and protests in Tibet and neighboring provinces?

Should there be unrests during the Olympic Games especially its Opening, will China be severely criticised for poor security? Then leaders like Sarkozy is foresighted in boycotting the Opening for his own security lest the protests get out of hand (the writer is aware he was highlighting the Tibet issue. What has the Tibet unrest got to do with the Olympic Games?)!

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#58

The West is concerned that China has recently jailed prominent human rights activist…

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice called it “deeply disturbing”, while UK counterpart David Miliband said it was “a most concerning development”.

Amnesty International called it “a warning” to Chinese activists who raised human rights concerns publicly.

Louise Arbour, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, expressed concern about cases including Hu Jia’s “in which it seems national security issues are being used as grounds to curtail social activism by human rights defenders”.

Paris-based media watchdog Reports Without Borders, meanwhile, said it was “appalled”.

The group urged European Union leaders to freeze human rights dialogue with China and called on leaders to boycott the opening ceremony of the Beijing Games. (BBC International News)

Will any of the countries offer and roll a red carpet for this jailed activist and family to their country?

#57

There is presumption of western media that many inside China are not aware of happenings on the outside. Perhaps those living in isolated areas and villages, but in bigger cities? Mind you there are many Chinese nationals outside of China.

Is BBC delighted when China unblocked its channel? A hunch tells me whichever way the Chinese authorities take, there will always be criticisms. Haha…a case of celebrity status?

Does China really care what the world thinks of her? Do countries in Asia care what the West think today?