President George W. Bush heeft tijdens zijn bezoek aan China nog eens tot uitdrukking gebracht dat een land dat de religieuze vrijheid niet respecteert, ook geen politieke vrijheid kent. Een bijna woordelijk citaat van Nathan Sharansky uit zijn boek "The Case for Democracy"
Dit is de Engelse samenvatting:
POLITICAL AND RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
During the joint press conference, Bush also brought up the issue of political and religious freedom.
"It is important that social, political and religious freedoms grow in China. And we encourage China to continue making the historic transition to greater freedom," he said.
Briefing the traveling press pool November 20, Bush noted that he had attended a church service that morning and said that "a society that welcomes religion is a wholesome society, it's a whole society." (See International Religious Freedom.)
Bush suggested that the Chinese government hold talks with the Dalai Lama "so he can tell them exactly what he told me in the White House the other day -- that he has no desire for an independent Tibet" -- and invite leaders from the Vatican "to come and discuss religious freedoms in China."
Bush said that in his discussions with President Hu he had stressed that nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in China "ought to be treated fairly" and expressed concern about "dissidents that we believe are improperly imprisoned."
During a separate briefing with the press, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice expressed concern about reports that political dissidents were put under house arrest in advance of Bush's visit to China.
Rice said U.S. officials would raise the issue "quite vociferously with the Chinese government to both get a clarification and to make clear that we believe open societies allow people to express themselves."
She noted that respect for human rights is "a constant issue" in U.S.-China talks.
Commentaar van KeesjeMaduraatje:
Dit bewijst dat George W. Bush een groot leider is, omdat hij ondanks grote opdrachten voor het Amerikaanse bedrijfsleven, toch wijst op de noodzakelijke politieke vrijheid in China.