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April 05, 2008



"Quite what the Chinese hope to gain from their inhumane behaviour remains unclear." Why should I read further after coming across this obvious lie? The hopes of the Chinese may be vain, but they are pretty bloody obvious.


The trouble with such strong-arm tactics is that you cannot do it by half-measures. Either you let up and do the decent thing, in which case the separatist movement gains so much strength that is will be hard to stop, and once separate may become a new enemy on your borders. Or you adopt the Burmese or North Korean policy of ruthless repression, and that will do neither China's reputation nor its economy much good.

Britain has understood this throughout its history. I would have thought that such logic was understood in Beijing, and that the second option had been thought through and rejected. You cannot fool all the people all the time, and the Internet is making any attempt to do so far more difficult.

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