Sunday, April 23, 2006

Why don't you lecture those awful Chinese on human rights Mr Bush? asks NY Times

The New York Times can't understand why George Bush won't press Chinese President Hu Jintao on human rights issues:

"The visit's least excusable failure was on human rights, where the pre-existing script would have done fine. When Hu's predecessor, Jiang Zemin, came to the White House in 1997, he and President Bill Clinton held a joint news conference where Clinton publicly urged his guest to expand political freedoms in China. It's an honored ritual of American democracy. But this time Bush agreed to downgrade the news conference to a few questions. He may have thought he was doing Hu a favor, but it is a favor China's repressed people will not appreciate."

We don't understand either, New York Times!