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Clinton Tells China “You Can’t Change History”

Posted by w_thames_the_d on May 10, 2011

Hillary slams China.
from here

“WASHINGTON — US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in an interview published Tuesday denounced China’s clampdown on dissent as a “fool’s errand,” saying Beijing was trying to stop the course of history.
The remarks, some of the strongest by a senior US official since China launched a major crackdown earlier this year, came as Clinton was meeting with senior leaders from Beijing as part of the two nations’ annual dialogue.
“They’re worried, and they are trying to stop history, which is a fool’s errand,” Clinton told The Atlantic magazine, referring to Chinese officials.
“They cannot do it. But they’re going to hold it off as long as possible,” she said.
Chinese authorities, apparently spooked by the wave of pro-democracy uprisings sweeping the Middle East, have detained dozens of lawyers, artists and other perceived critics in recent weeks.
Clinton nonetheless defended the US policy of seeking cooperation with China on a range of global issues, saying: “We live in a real world.”
“We don’t walk away from dealing with China because we think they have a deplorable human rights record. We don’t walk away from dealing with Saudi Arabia,” she said.

3 Responses to “Clinton Tells China “You Can’t Change History””

  1. Sam said

    The sentiment of her speech was entirely appropriate, but the record of human rights cases in the US that have not been redressed tarnishes the credibility of her position in the eyes of countries like china and rightly so.

    the murder of fred Hampton By the FBI in 1969 for example, or the extraordinary rendition of terror suspects who will never stand trail.

    We need to be able to deal with these injustices if we are ever to heal as a nation.

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