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Certainly her rhetoric is there and sometimes we must state our goals before they can be realised. There is a time delay between when we say “we are going to” and time we can say “we have done”
I think we must accept that China does truly wish to evolve. Students of International Politics and followers of Machiavellian theories can and will offer arguments to contrary, of that I am certain. As wise people we must listen to their arguments. It is certainly not unknown in history that nation states can say one thing and mean another, something Neville Chamberlain learnt to his eternal chagrin..
But if we work on premise that this is a true and genuine intention on behalf of P.R.C. then we must act differently. We must give benefit of doubt.
But like a New Years Resolution we sometimes need a little egging on or, even, not so gentle reminders as to our flagging resolve or lack of urgency.
Despite our being able to emphasise with China’s unique problems we must still maintain pressure on China over human rights violations and remind her, as a friend would, of her resolutions and pronouncements.
Yes! China we understand your difficulties, we emphasise with challenges you face and difficulty of job at hand. We realise that Titanic can not be turned on a sixpence, that in many echelons below your Politburo there are people very set in their ways.
But China, you must sometimes give before you receive. You must be seen to be at least trying and unfortunately, in area of Human Rights, you are still not seen to be.
We want to welcome you into our bosom but you can not expect to be received as an equal when you maintain your programmes of oppression, victimisation and worse against likes of Uygurs and Tibetans.
China, how can you expect us to shake your hand as a friend when it continues to be sullied with blood of your peoples?
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