How to deal with a hostage-taking, extortionist China

How to deal with a hostage-taking, extortionist China

The statement is remarkable in its malicious candour, though perhaps less for its maliciousness than for its candour. A different sort of diplomat—say, a diplomatic one—might have wondered if perhaps he’d said too much. But our country’s honoured guest was on a roll. Beijing, he added, would also respond with a “strong reaction” if our parliament so much as breathed a negative collective word about China’s persecution of its Uyghur people. (Soon after, a parliamentary committee did breathe a word, and the word was “genocide,” and the word Beijing used to dismiss that word was “rumour.”

 

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