The US: Human Rights good, Money better. Hillary Clinton, China, Tibet.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Feb 21, 2009
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Big surprise—while we may have got ourself some Change we Can Believe In, we’re not gonna let that get in the way of shipping cheap plastic crap back and forth halfway across the world to a bunch of Tibet-hating Commies.

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Amnesty International and a pro-Tibet group voiced shock Friday after US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton vowed not to let human rights concerns hinder cooperation with China.

Paying her first visit to Asia as the top US diplomat, Clinton said the United States would continue to press China on long-standing US concerns over human rights such as its rule over Tibet.

“But our pressing on those issues can’t interfere on the global economic crisis, the global climate change crisis and the security crisis,” Clinton told reporters in Seoul just before leaving for Beijing.

T. Kumar of Amnesty International USA said the global rights lobby was “shocked and extremely disappointed” by Clinton’s remarks.

“The United States is one of the only countries that can meaningfully stand up to China on human rights issues,” he said.

“But by commenting that human rights will not interfere with other priorities, Secretary Clinton damages future US initiatives to protect those rights in China,” he said.

Students for a Free Tibet said Clinton’s remarks sent the wrong signal to China at a sensitive time.

“The US government cannot afford to let Beijing set the agenda,” said Tenzin Dorjee, deputy director of the New York-based advocacy group.

China has been pouring troops into the Himalayan territory ahead of next month’s 50th anniversary of the uprising that sent Tibet’s spiritual leader the Dalai Lama into exile in India…click here for the rest.

Well, at least Hillary—on her first visit to China as Secretary of State—bothered to talk about Climate Change—we wouldn’ta seen that from Condie.


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


5 Responses to “The US: Human Rights good, Money better. Hillary Clinton, China, Tibet.”

  1. Evan Ravitz says:

    Disappointed, yes. Shocked, no. Clinton is a player in the only game in politics: kiss up and shit down. China has $ and an army, Tibetans have only the keys to paradise.

    “I for one welcome our new overlords.” -The Simpson’s Ted Brockman, and now Clinton

  2. sj* says:

    “But our pressing on those issues can’t interfere on the global economic crisis, the global climate change crisis and the security crisis,” Clinton told reporters in Seoul just before leaving for Beijing.

    precisely, mrs. clinton. because we all know that china owns our ass. we have NO leverage.

    *see today’s vid posting by waylon on economic issues for further deets.

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