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Asked if the Prime Minister would be raising human rights issues with the President of China when he met him this week, the PMOS said that as the Prime Minister had said in his Press Conference with Premier Wen in Beijing in September, human rights and democracy were always an element in our discussions with China. That was an accepted part of the relationship. China would always raise concerns with us. We would raise our concerns with them. Generally our experience was that it was best to deal with these matters in private rather than public grandstanding. It was an element of the relationship. Of course there were other elements as well, development, climate change and trade for instance.

Put to him that he seemed to be differentiating between the issues of trade and human rights, but given that the Chinese economy was based on the lack of human rights for Chinese workers, then the issues weren’t seperable, the PMOS said people had to ask themselves the basic question: was it more likely that human rights would be respected in an economy that was growing or one that was in decline.

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  1. It’s actually getting to the point where Premier Wen is in a position to raise the question of the record of human rights within the UK.

    It won’t be long before other world leaders such as Mugabe, Ghadaffi etc will be able to point out the appalling treatment of UK citizens by its Government.

    This is a dictatorship in all but name…..

    A bas les aristos!

    Comment by Chuck Unsworth — 9 Nov 2005 on 1:21 pm | Link

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