» Monday, May 10, 2004


Asked if the Prime Minister would raise the issue of Chinese human rights abuses in his meeting with the Chinese Premier today, the PMOS said that these were issues which were raised on a regular basis with the Chinese at all levels. We recognised that some progress had been made, particularly in the areas relating to legal reform. However, it was clear that there were other matters to be addressed. We also recognised the benefits of our relationship with China in the light of its importance in the world, not least because it was the sixth largest economy and because it was a permanent member of the UN.

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  1. Between the lines

    Not bl**dy likely if TB asks about human rights abuses he will probably get the Chinese version of

    "the pot calling the kettle black"

    Comment by Roger Huffadine — 10 May 2004 on 6:07 pm | Link
  2. The PMOS might as well have said of course we might mention human rights abuses but we’ll never do anything about it because it would cause rich people to lose money

    Comment by Uncarved Block — 10 May 2004 on 9:45 pm | Link
  3. Maybe the Chinese government can tell us where to buy bags for putting over peoples’ heads in bulk.

    Comment by Gregory Block — 10 May 2004 on 11:16 pm | Link
  4. I think I’d like to apologise for that, but you know, I’m just not sure at the moment.

    Comment by Gregory Block — 10 May 2004 on 11:16 pm | Link
  5. I am not sure we are quite at that "bag over the head" stage, building up to it, currently just on the "wool over the eyes".

    Comment by Lodjer — 11 May 2004 on 9:48 am | Link
  6. Whether we are up to the "bag over the head" stage seems to depend on the colour of one’s skin and the country of one’s residence.

    Comment by Colin Williams — 13 May 2004 on 5:32 pm | Link

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