Bolt: At least he’s consistent.

Kevin Rudd on Chinese and Tibetan relations:

Some have called for a boycott of the Beijing Olympics because of recent problems in Tibet. As I said in London on Sunday, I do not agree. I believe the Olympics are important for China’s continuing engagement with the world.

 

Australia, like most other countries, recognises China sovereignty over Tibet but we also believe it is necessary to recognise there are significant human rights problems in Tibet. The current situation in Tibet is of concern to Australians. We recognise the need for all parties to avoid silence and find a solution through dialogue.

Andrew Bolt on Kevin Rudd:

Recent “problems” in Tibet? Pray define.

Good on you Andrew.  You tirelessly offered the most scathing criticism of the Howard government for its mincing of words regarding human rights in China and it looks like you’re not going to stop now just because we have a Labor PM.  Your outrage at Alexander Downer’s actions to prevent Falun Gong protesters from “impairing the dignity of diplomatic missions and staff” at the Chinese consulate was second to none.  You berated the Howard government for receiving Hu Jintao in the Australian parliament and slammed them even more for seeing to it that the regimes opponents and the Greens were excluded for his address.  You heaped scorn upon the Howard government for a lack of transparency regarding discussion with China on human rights, in that such discussions were to take place behind closed doors.  You expressed your bitter disappointment with Alexander Downer’s dismissal of Bob Brown’s suggestion that trade talks with China only proceed after addressing human rights issues as “unacceptable”.  Your disdain for Howard and his government in its obsequious approach to the Chinese Government was unending.

Don’t back down now just because we have a Labor government.  That would be inconsistent.

 

 

 

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~ by Sammy Jankis on April 10, 2008.

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