Thursday, January 20, 2011


Representative Chris Smith (R-NJ) has stated that China is the most "egregious" violator of human rights in the world.


Worse than Iran?

Worse than North Korea?

Worse than Uganda?

Worse than Zimbabwe?

Worse than Saudi Arabia?


I am not disputing that China's record on human rights has been shoddy. But there are many countries that are far worse by any standards. I feel that the U. S. government is right to push China toward more open policies. But let's not lose our perspective.

And isn't it ironic that it has been Congressman Smith's party that has historically been in favor of free trade with China - under the debatable belief that free markets create human freedoms? Guess that didn't work out the way they intended.

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