Thursday, August 07, 2008

China - Human Rights - Bad, Economy - Gooooood

Much has been made of Bush's criticisms of China, but it wasn't all bad news for the Chinese government:

US President George W Bush has expressed "deep concerns" over China's human rights record in a speech on the eve of the Beijing Olympics.

"The US believes the people of China deserve the fundamental liberty that is the natural right of all human beings," he said in the Thai capital, Bangkok.

Mmm, very good. Almost makes you look like you give a shit. But what's this:

In his address, Mr Bush said the US recognised that the growth sparked by China's free market reforms was "good for the Chinese people" and the country's' purchasing power was "good for the world".

Ah yes, the free market reforms that were one of the driving forces behind the demonstrations in Tiananmen Square all those years back. Yes, Bush condemns the abuse of human rights whilst also giving a back handed compliment to one of the major factors in those abuses. You got to hand it to old Bushie - he sure knows how to pull the wool over the eyes don't he??