It Is Time To Stop The Shameful Kowtowing To China

It’s time now to end the kowtow. It’s time to stop the boot-licking. It’s time to extract the tongue – carefully, gingerly, diplomatically so that it is in one piece – from underneath the boot. And it’s time to speak up. It’s time to say to China, as Germany’s Angela Merkel has, we want to trade with you, yes; we want to talk to you, yes; we recognise your growing influence on the world stage, yes. But, to be taken seriously as a global player, stop messing with freedoms in Hong Kong; stop jailing lawyers and dissidents; stop censoring the Internet and the media; stop chopping off Uighur Muslims’ beards; stop beating up Tibetan Buddhist monks; stop smashing Christian crosses and jailing Protestant and Catholic clergy; stop beating and jailing and torturing Falun Gong practitioners whose only crime is to believe in truthfulness, compassion and forbearance; and stop ripping out the hearts, kidneys, livers, lungs and other vital organs of living prisoners of conscience and executed prisoners – and open up your jails and hospitals for the world to see you have stopped.

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