The problem with freedom and human rights is that they’re mere principles, concepts really. They don’t DO anything like purchase American debt, let alone lots of American debt. They don’t manufacture inexpensive plastic toys and nearly everything else found in Wal-Mart, Target, and Kmart.
Who cares whether the ChiComs tortured Gao Zhisheng to death? Who is he anyway? (See here and here.)
Yang Jianli served five years in prison in China for … attempting to observe labor unrest. He urged “Mr. Obama, speak up for human rights in China.” Well, Mr. Obama is instead regaling the dictators with a state dinner.
Jay Nordlinger calls President Obama’s state dinner for the ChiComs “A Stain Upon the American Honor”
The this-isn’t-happening-anytime-soon award of the day goes to Mr. Bolton for his provocation: The West Needs to Stand Up to China
Even if you believe that economics should trump human rights and democracy, China is still quite unattractive, not the type date you should host and honor with a state dinner. See China’s “state capitalism” sparks a global backlash