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China warns Britain not to bring up human rights during Xi Jinping’s visit because he would be offended


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China provided instructions to the British government ahead of President Xi Jinping‘s state visit to London Oct. 20-23, advising leaders to refrain from raising the issue of human rights.

China’s ambassador to Britain, Liu Xiaoming, pointed out that good relations hang in the balance, and that Xi’s visit is expected to “herald a golden era for the relationship,” The Guardian reported.

“We don’t shy away from talking about human rights. What we are against is to use human rights to interfere with other countries’ internal affairs and to try to impose your own system on to others,” Liu said at a press conference Thursday. The ambassador said Xi would feel offended if human rights were raised as a topic of discussion.

Liu’s remarks come after three years of efforts at Downing Street to improve relations with Beijing. In 2012, relations hit a new low when Prime Minister David Cameron met with the Dalai Lama in London, but since then has “come up from behind,” by placing a priority on “political mutual trust,” according to the Chinese ambassador.

British contractors are keen to win key deals in China, especially in the infrastructure, energy and banking sectors. Investors in London are leaning toward greater involvement in China’s construction as Asia’s largest economy expands major cities. Urban populations in China have skyrocketed, quadrupling in the last 35 years to more than 700 million. Another 240 million are expected to move to cities in the next 35 years.

Britain’s economic interests have become a priority in its dealings with China, but British critics have refused to back down on political issues that highlight China’s authoritarian rule.

Jeremy Corbyn, the Labor leader, has vowed to raise human rights as an issue, possibly at a state banquet hosted by Queen Elizabeth II, and the Prince of Wales, a friend of the Dalai Lama, reportedly is boycotting the banquet. South Korean news agency Yonhap reported Amnesty International UK and Free Tibet groups are expected to hold protests in London during Xi’s visit.

According to Amnesty International, at least 245 lawyers and activists have been targeted in an “unprecedented nationwide campaign over the last 100 days,” and “at least 30 are ‘missing’ or still in police custody.”

Source: UPI – China warns Britain against raising human rights ahead of Xi visit

 

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2 thoughts on “China warns Britain not to bring up human rights during Xi Jinping’s visit because he would be offended

  1. Please talk about human right in china t and Tibet no basic human rights freedom of religion, freedom to teach our own mother taught and to keep our culture alive…..Tibetan inside tibet are suffering under Chinese rules.. Tibetan 146 life burn them self due to chines rule…how many life need to burn please stop Killing in Tibet..Tibet need help more then ever…

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    Posted by passng | October 19, 2015, 9:44 pm
  2. Reblogged this on Dr Alf's Blog and commented:
    This is worth a read. The Jeremy Corbyn threats are well known. BUT the Price of Wales boycott because he’s a friend of the Dalai Lama is new.

    Thoughts?

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    Posted by dralfoldman | October 19, 2015, 11:17 pm

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