Monday, November 14, 2005

And another thing

Chinese President Hu Jintao's recent visit to London was covered in depth by the BBC, with particular attention paid to the crowds of protestors outside Whitehall who heaped all kinds of pressure on Tony Blair to bring up China's abysmal record on human rights. I was surprised, therefore, to see a lushly produced minute-long advertisement for the Chinese tourism industry with a focus on visiting Beijing, while I watched BBC World from my hotel in Rome last week. At the end it displayed the official website address (not linking to it here), which unsurprisingly ended in ".gov.cn".

Maybe different adverts are shown in hotels, with an emphasis on travel and tourism, but it still seems a little hypocritical to me, n'est-ce pas? At the same time, congratulations to the Independent for its strong front cover last Tuesday illustrating the long list of offences that China has been allowed to get away with over the past 20 years, whether on the environmental, political or human rights fronts.

3 Comments:

At November 17, 2005 12:27 pm, Anonymous pangloss said...

Comrade Cohen had a good piece on this in your soarway Standard last week as well.
www.nickcohen.net

PS. Amusingly, the verification word for this post was 'Fatts'.

 
At November 30, 2005 2:46 pm, Blogger Jo said...

The power of money, Lady M!

The prospect of trade with China is deemed MUCH more valuable and NOT to be jeopardised by highlighting an abyssmal human rights record.


We should leave that sort of thing to..er...well, the Opposition..er, no hang on...oh damnit, the lefty lot.

 
At December 02, 2005 11:29 am, Blogger Lady M said...

You're absolutely right, Jo. I just wonder how these people can sleep at night. The hypocrisy of so-called lefties (and, er, everyoine else) once they get into government never ceases to amaze me, even though it's been happening for just about ever.

China looks pretty unstoppable at the minute.

 

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