Thursday, June 09, 2005

Human Rights or Economic Gains

When the Chinese diplomat, Mr. Chen Yonglin, defected on June 4, 2005, he had been warned by officials from different levels of the Australian governemnt that he would run into problems. They informed the Chinese government of his status. They asked him to go back to China, and some even tried to entrap him with a toursit visa..

The dilemma the Australian government faces is that the whole world is watching, and the government wants the trade treaty with China badly, yet offering political asylum to Mr. Cheng could put this trade treaty in jeopardy. One of the Australian government officials lamented that they just lost the opportunity to obtain a list of over 1,000 special agents from China, who are stationed in Australia.

For a country that wants to hold up the banner of democracy and support human rights, now let's see whether Australia would give up the economic gains for human rights.


Blogger Mona said...

Wow...powerful actions make powerful statements. I'm curious to know what will happen.

6:21 PM  

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