Stephen Harper, Barack Obama and the leaders of all the Asian Pacific countries are being urged to make China’s human rights record a focus at next week’s Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation summit in Beijing.
Groups like Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International deride the state-party’s censoring of media, alleged unlawful imprisonment of democracy activists and religious leaders and the crackdown against China’s so-called ethnic minorities, including Tibetans, Uyghurs, and Mongolians.
For the west, engagement with the Communist Party of China has always been a delicate balancing act — western politicians have had to weigh the access to a market of 1.4 billion people versus speaking out against human rights abuses that they and their domestic populations clearly deplore.
In recent years, however, North American and European countries have seemingly tilted towards the pursuit of economic and commercial interests.
At least that’s the way it’s been in Canada.
In 2006, Harper wasRead More »from What can Stephen Harper do to curb human rights abuses in China?