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China Letter-News and Human Rights

China human rights news with focus on the Uygur of Xinjiang, Tibetans and Tibet, Chinese mining workers, religion, corruption and censorship.

Tuesday, April 27, 2004

Sino-NZ :"no fundamental conflicts"

According to the Chinese Foreign Ministry site China has recently held further talks with New Zealand which is doing everything other than offering 100 New Zealand princesses as tribute brides to the Chinese emperor to get into a Free Market arrangement with China.

On April 21, 2004, Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Yesui held consultation on security and disarmament with Michael Green, Deputy Secretary of Foreign Affairs and Trade of New Zealand.

Zhang made positive remarks on China-New Zealand relations, indicating that the Chinese side stands ready to develop comprehensive relations with New Zealand in various fields. Green noted that China and New Zealand have no fundamental conflicts of interests and the two countries have great potentials and good prospects for further development of their relations.

The two sides exchanged views in depth on global and regional security situation, counter-terrorism, non-proliferation, the nuclear issue on the Korean Peninsula, the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF), UN peace-keeping operations, national defense policies and military exchanges of the two countries.

I had to cringe when my New Zealand cousins stated that they had "no fundamental conflicts of interest " with the Chinese.

What? The New Zealanders do not see it as a conflict of interest China's treatment of the Uygurs, Tibetans and non sanctioned religious groups? Do they now fully support these policies? They must as they do not seem to conflict with New Zealands outlook any more.

Are China's and the New Zealanders interests mutual over a boy kidnapped from his country and spending his 15th birthday in virtual prison and secluded from the world (if the Panchen Lama is still alive even)?

Is the slaughter that is the Chinese coal mining industry not a conflict of interest?

Are you not, New Zealand, interested in Human Rights any more? Does not your "interest" in Human Rights conflict just a little with China's? Maybe a tad?

I support increased trade with China. It brings wealth to the Chinese people and helps to alleviate their poverty. It brings increased communications with the west and facilitates the sharing of democratic principals and ideals but, when shaking hands with the Chinese do not totally ignore the blood on them as if it did not exist.

Yes, trade by all means but can we not use trade to facilitate the speed of change in China? Can we not say "We want to do business but we do have some conflicts of interest" Can we not attempt to obtain even the smallest of concessions? A political prisoner here a minor freedom there?

Do we have to strip ourselves completely naked and throw ourselves so wantonly on the bed of the Chinese economy and say we have "no fundamental conflicts of interests?"

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