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Clinton and China

How should the west handle relations with China? Not by censoring itself. He recommends reading the letters of Wei Jingsheng, now dying in a Chinese prison

By AC Grayling   November 1997

For most businessmen and governments around the world the problem of China is a severely practical one: how do you, while trying to break into that vast market, keep from suffocating in the stench of its human rights violations? Most solve the problem by fixing a clothes-peg to their noses, and spraying themselves and-too often, alas-China itself with deodorant.

Indeed, a good deal of China’s deodorising work is done for it by the rest of the world. Using bribes and threats, China persuades enough third world governments to protect it against annual censure votes at the United Nations Commission on…

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