‘Chinese authorities declined the White House’s request to have the town hall broadcast nationally. Each of the 400-plus students had to attend a pre-talk “lecture and meeting” to learn their talking points. Chinese news sites that originally reported Obama’s remarks about an open Internet and universal rights were quickly censored.’
Hypocrite or wise move? Is allowing himself to be censored the sacrifice President Obama has to make to have China on side?
He’s spoken out about censorship during his trip;
“These freedoms of expression and worship; of access to information and political participation, we believe are universal rights,” he said. “They should be available to all people, including ethnic and religious minorities; whether they are in the United States, China, or any nation.”
But is China’s ruling class listening? And if they’re not – does it matter?
It does according to these bloggers:
“Obama and company naively thought the speech would be seen throughout the country, but naturally it was censored by the Chinese government. That apparently was OK with him and his henchman David Axelrod.” says Jammiewearingfool. And the Chinese are just using Obama says powerlineblog.
The relationship between China and the United States is “the most important” bilateral relationship in the world, said one former Chinese foreign ministry official yesterday. So isn’t it more important that these two world giants get along?
Yes and no. There’s a growing concern about how China will behave as it gets stronger. Businessinsider is not impressed with Obama’s behaviour ; The Chinese are not our bankers and Obama doesn’t need to Kowtow towards them.
Is President Obama lowering his standards to be friends with China?