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US Admits AZ ‘Rights Abuse’ – To China!

From the moral equivalency folks at the Associated Press:

No breakthroughs in US, China human rights talks

By FOSTER KLUG (AP)

May 15, 2010

WASHINGTON — The United States and China reported no major breakthroughs Friday after only their second round of talks about human rights since 2002.

The Obama administration wants to push Beijing to treat its citizens better, but it also needs Chinese support on Iranian and North Korean nuclear standoffs, climate change and other difficult issues.

A senior U.S. official said that the two-day meeting lays groundwork for more regular talks to soothe an irritant in relations between the two world powers.

Michael Posner, the assistant secretary of state, told reporters that another round will happen some time next year in Beijing. The countries also plan to hold talks on legal matters soon and he said he will participate in a high-profile economic and security summit in Beijing this month.

"In two days, we’re not going to change major policies or major points of view, but we laid a foundation to continue," Posner said. "The tone of the discussions was very much, ‘We’re two powerful, great countries. We have a range of issues that we are engaged on. Human rights is part of that discussion, and it will remain so.’"

Posner said in addition to talks on freedom of religion and expression, labor rights and rule of law, officials also discussed Chinese complaints about problems with U.S. human rights, which have included crime, poverty, homelessness and racial discrimination.

He said U.S. officials did not whitewash the American record and in fact raised on its own a new immigration law in Arizona that requires police to ask about a person’s immigration status if there is suspicion the person is in the country illegally

Mr. Posner should lose his job over this. If he can’t distinguish the moral difference between a state enforcing a federal law and a nation that tortures and murders its own citizens for political reasons, he has no business being the Assistant Secretary Of State – or indeed, even the lowest of flunkies at the State Department.

After all, the Chinese shoot people who try to cross their border.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Sunday, May 16th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “US Admits AZ ‘Rights Abuse’ – To China!”

  1. Mithrandir

    The Chinese must be laughing their arses off. They are thinking:

    YOU people are going to lecture us about how to treat people? Your failed multicultural experiment where people are at each other’s throat over every possible resource?

    Your affirmative action policies that are patently racist and against your own laws and moral ethics?

    Your pathetic border patrol that is crippling your country and the non-enforcement of your own laws?

    NO THANKS! We have over a BILLION people, and if we operate the way the U.S. does, we would have 9 different civil wars going on at the same time.

    Fix your own problems before you go nosing in our country trying to tell us what to do!”


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