The United States opposes China’s detention of dissidents and other activists, President George W. Bush will say Thursday in a pointed message on human rights on the eve of the Beijing Olympics.
According to an advance copy of the speech he will give in Thailand before going to China for the opening ceremony of the Games, Bush insisted that the criticisms were not intended to “antagonise” the Beijing leadership.
I see….the US is against China detaining dissidents and activists, even while we do the same things, and will say so in a speech on Thursday that will likely get worldwide coverage, but….. “Know whatahmean, know whatahmean, nudge nudge, know whatahmean, say no more?” **terrorist fist jab**
“The United States believes the people of China deserve the fundamental liberty that is the natural right of all human beings,” he said in the prepared remarks, to be delivered during his last trip to East Asia as president.
“America stands in firm opposition to China’s detention of political dissidents, human rights advocates and religious activists,” Bush said.
“We speak out for a free press, freedom of assembly and labour rights not to antagonise China’s leaders, but because trusting its people with greater freedom is the only way for China to develop its full potential.”
“We press for openness and justice not to impose our beliefs, but to allow the Chinese people to express theirs,” he said.
I’ll bet $1 that even the Boy King can’t say that with a straight face. Maybe I’ve just turned a corner into terminal cynicism.