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Clinton Failed To Confront China On Human Rights

- October 11, 2015

Clinton’s Record “Suggests That A President Clinton Would Not Be As Tough On Chinese Human-Rights Abuses As Candidate Clinton Is Suggesting.” “All of which suggests that a President Clinton would not be as tough on Chinese human-rights abuses as Candidate Clinton is suggesting. Highlighting China’s many unjust policies as a private citizen on Twitter is fine, but American voters should also examine her different record in government.” (Editorial, “Clinton’s China Pose,” The Wall Street Journal, 9/29/15)

  • “Highlighting China’s Many Unjust Policies As A Private Citizen On Twitter Is Fine, But American Voters Should Also Examine Her Different Record In Government.” (Editorial, “Clinton’s China Pose,” The Wall Street Journal, 9/29/15)

Clinton “Made Clear During Her Tenure As Secretary Of State That” Other Interests Would Not “Become Captive To The Human Rights Cases.” “Mrs. Clinton has mentioned Mr. Chen’s bravery in public as one of the most startling among China’s human rights dissidents. But she has also made clear during her tenure as secretary of state that the vital economic and strategic dealings with China cannot become captive to the human rights cases.” (Jane Perlez and Sharon Lafraniere, “Chinese Dissident Is Released From Embassy, Causing Turmoil For U.S.,” The New York Times, 5/3/12)

In 2009, Clinton Said Human Rights “Can’t Interfere With The Global Economic Crisis, The Global Climate Change Crisis, And The Security Crisis.” CLINTON: “But successive administrations and Chinese governments have been poised back and forth on these issues, and we have to continue to press them. But our pressing on those issues can’t interfere with the global economic crisis, the global climate change crisis, and the security crisis. We have to have a dialogue that leads to an understanding and cooperation on each of those.” (Hillary Clinton, Roundtable With Traveling Press, Seoul, South Korea, 2/20/09)

  • Clinton “Infuriated” Human Rights Organizations When She Claimed “That Human Rights Concerns ‘Can’t Interfere’ With Pressing China For Greater Cooperation.” “Clinton, who on Sunday will complete a one-week tour of Asia, infuriated human rights organizations when she told reporters Friday that human rights concerns ‘can’t interfere’ with pressing China for greater cooperation on the economic front, the environment and the impasse over North Korea’s nuclear program. Many advocates were especially upset because Clinton, as first lady, achieved renown in 1995 for making a tough speech in Beijing about China’s human rights record.” (Glenn Kessler, “U.S., China to Focus On Slump, Climate,” The Washington Post, 2/22/09)
  • Clinton’s Statement Will “Demoralize Thousands Of Democracy Advocates In China, And It Will Cause Many Others Around The World To Wonder About The Character” Of The Obama Administration. “But Ms. Clinton’s statement will have an effect: It will demoralize thousands of democracy advocates in China, and it will cause many others around the world to wonder about the character of the new U.S. administration.” (Editorial, “Hillary Clinton’s Silence On Chinese Human Rights,” The Washington Post, 2/24/09)

“Clinton Has Described The State Department’s Handling Of The Case Of Blind Chinese Dissident Chen Guangcheng As An Important Achievement” And A Reminder Of The Importance Of Human Rights. “Hillary Clinton has described the State Department’s handling of the case of blind Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng as an important achievement during her time at Foggy Bottom — a reminder that ‘our defense of universal human rights is one of America’s greatest sources of strength.” (Nahal Toosi, “Hillary Clinton And The Case Of Chen Guangcheng,” Politico, 3/19/15)

  • “But Chen Himself Was Not So Impressed.” (Nahal Toosi, “Hillary Clinton And The Case Of Chen Guangcheng,” Politico, 3/19/15)
  • In His 2015 Memoir, Chen “Writes About Feeling Extreme Pressure From Clinton Aides To Quickly Accept A Deal With The Chinese — One That He Feared Would Expose Him And His Family To More Abuse.” “In his new memoir, the so-called ‘barefoot lawyer,’ who managed against all odds to flee house arrest and seek refuge in the U.S. Embassy in Beijing in 2012, writes about feeling extreme pressure from Clinton aides to quickly accept a deal with the Chinese — one that he feared would expose him and his family to more abuse. He suggests that at times he felt as if U.S. diplomats had misled him, and he undercuts Clinton’s assertion in her recent memoir that U.S. officials “had done what Chen said he wanted every step of the way.” (Nahal Toosi, “Hillary Clinton And The Case Of Chen Guangcheng,” Politico, 3/19/15)

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