Thursday, January 31, 2008

Reference: China's genocide Olympics, Bangkok Post, January 29, 2008

The circumstances in the attack by the Sudanese army on UN peace keepers in Darfur and in the murder of John Granville in Khartoum this month are not known and are subjects of investigations by the Sudanese government and the United Nations. It is premature and irresponsible journalism to presume guilt and to state that the Sudanese government had a hand in these events and by implication to smear the Chinese government and the Olympics (China's genocide Olympics, Bangkok Post, January 29, 2008). Also the claim that the soft power of subtle Chinese diplomacy does not work ignores its obvious success for it was deft Chinese diplomacy that made it possible for UN peace keepers to be deployed in Darfur. It is a theatre of the absurd for Americans to lecture the Chinese on the subject of failing to adequately address human rights issues when securing oil supplies. It takes hypocrisy to new heights.

Cha-am Jamal

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