February 7, 2012

'Quiet Diplomacy' Doesn't Work With China

J. Michael Cole, Ottawa Citizen

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Unfortunately for Harper and Baird, the silent, behind-the-scenes approach doesn't seem to be bearing fruit. While an increasing number of countries - all seeking to improve trade ties with the Asian giant - have muted their criticism in recent years, the human rights situation in China has not improved. In fact, by almost every yardstick, it has deteriorated, with repression in Tibet increasing, while Chinese dissidents, environmental activists, lawyers, journalists and bloggers continue to face censorship, an unjust judiciary, harsh detention, torture and state-sponsored murder.

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