tirsdag 25. juli 2017

How China buys the silence of the world’s human rights critics

Recent examples of foreign governments putting economic interests ahead of lobbying for rights in China indeed suggest the nation is rich enough to mute critics. Cases in point are the financially embattled Greek government’s vetoing of a European Union statement condemning China’s rights record at a UN meeting last month and Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg’s refusal last week to comment on calls for Liu’s release. Bilateral ties between Norway and China were only normalised in December following a six-year freeze that began when Liu, by then behind bars, was awarded the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize in absentia.