Sunday, 22 April 2012
How to pretend you are "discussing" human rights with a high Chinese visitor
The Icelandic president here used the same formula as all other Western leaders when meeting China´s leaders:
In order to be able to answer media questions about China´s repression of human rights, pretend that you have had a serious or "in-depth" exchange of views on human rights, and that your Chinese counterpart has shown real interest in the issue.
This formula is foolproof, because the media will never be able to find out that there was no serious "discussion".
The usual talk about setting up academic and other "expert" meetings is also part of the smoke screen tactics. These meetings, which always happen behind closed doors, are just another way of pretending to act on human rights.
The real reason for Grimsson´s meeting with Jiabao was, of course, this:
For Iceland, the visit is a chance to deepen ties with China and speed efforts to emerge from its 2008 economic collapse when its three largest banks defaulted. Iceland is seeking to revive its $13 billion economy by returning to the industries it once relied on including tourism and clean energy.
Read the entire article here
The Chinese - as Wen Jiabao now in Iceland - willingly participate in this role play with masks, fully aware of he fact that the script, involving western beggars, is only a farce.