I am upset over the fact that the release and further silence of Chinese political dissidents was put on the back burner during talks between German and Chinese officials. Glad that Germany negotiated a 250 million Euro trade deal, money before human rights, the way of the world it seems.
Actually it makes sense now why the NY Times reported Hu Jia’s release in Sunday’s paper. BBC News headlined his release with “Guarded welcome to Hu Jia release,” adding that it would appear the political activist has been silenced, “put under close surveillance and banned from talking to the media.”
BBC News also mentioned that China’s Premier was scheduled to be in Germany at some point this week. “German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle hopes to discuss human rights with him.”
Spiegal had nothing in the front pages/headlines on Sunday about Hu Jia’s release, and now we know why.
Euro News announced yesterday that China is Germany’s 3rd biggest trade partner and that they had struck the 250 million Euro trade deal.
Today’s Spiegel takes a moral look at the deals struck between the two countries; hind sight is 20/20.
“Although the German chancellor talked of her pleasure at the release of the artist Ai Weiwei and other political prisoners and called for “transparent” legal proceedings, the focus of the meeting was very much on trade.”
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao review an honor guard on Tuesday ahead of Germany and China’s first-ever joint cabinet meeting.