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China Warns of Repercussions for Beijing Olympics Protests

April 14, 2008 12:45 PM
by findingDulcinea Staff
The Chinese ambassador to London claims that the torch relay protests could lead to a Chinese “backlash” against the West.

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Ambassador Fu Ying criticized the West’s “demonization” of China on Sunday in U.K. paper The Telegraph.

The comments from the Chinese ambassador follow the spirited protests in London, Paris and San Francisco against China’s human rights record, its relations with Sudan, and particularly its clampdown in Tibet.

Prime Minister Gordon Brown of Britain and Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany have already announced they will boycott the opening ceremonies in Beijing. It does not appear that President Bush will do the same, and Stephen J. Hadley, the national security advisor, has called the decision to boycott a “cop out,” that will not succeed in curtailing China’s human rights record.

Senator Hillary Clinton has urged Bush to boycott the opening ceremonies and she has consistently spoken out against China’s policy on Tibet. However, it was recently revealed that Bill Clinton’s foundation has ties to a Chinese firm that has aided the government in clamping down on dissent in Tibet.

Thirty-six people were arrested in the London protests and Paris security officials extinguished the flame because of activists’ disruption. In San Francisco, the torch relay actually avoided the crowd by ducking into the backstreets and heading for the airport early.

The Olympic torch is currently in Muscat, Oman. It will be in Islamabad, Pakistan, on April 16 and then New Delhi, India, on April 17.

Headline Links: China’s ‘backlash’ and Hadley’s opposition to boycott

Background: Protests in London, Paris and San Francisco

Opinion & Analysis: The future of the Olympics and the role of protest

Related Topics: Bill Clinton’s connection with China

Reference: The 2008 Olympic torch itinerary


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