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China’s Sophomoric Behavior When You Anger Her

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 27, 2011


From The Beijing Consensus-(Stefan Halper)
Conforming to the new fashion, the South African government denied a visa for the Dalai Lama in 2009 to attend a peace conference of Nobel laureates in South Africa coincident with the 2010 Football World Cup. Officials indicated that they didn’t wish to jeopardize bilateral relations with a major trading partner such as China. The government spokesman told Reuters that the Dalai Lama’s presence “would not be in the best interests of South Africa at this time.” This brought a sudden and stunning unanimous vote of protest by the conference organizers, including former Nobel Peace Prize winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who condemned the government’s behavior as “disgraceful,” saying, “we are shamelessly succumbing to Chinese pressure.”22 The Nobel laureates postponed the event indefinitely and departed South Africa.

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