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ICYMI: Clinton’s China Pose

- September 30, 2015

Excerpts from the Wall Street Journal

Editorial Board
Tuesday, September 29, 2015

"Hillary Clinton posted on Twitter Sunday that Chinese leader Xi Jinping was 'shameless' for presiding over a United Nations women’s rights meeting in New York while his regime persecutes feminists at home...

"But where was this conviction when Mrs. Clinton was U.S. Secretary of State?
 
"In a June campaign video, Mrs. Clinton highlighted her tough 1995 speech at a U.N. conference in Beijing...Mrs. Clinton recalled in her video. 'But you don’t shy away from confronting human-rights abuses.'
 
"Yet that is precisely what she did as America’s chief diplomat. Before her first trip to China, she told reporters that human rights couldn’t be allowed to 'interfere' with talks on the economy or the environment.
 
"In ensuing months the Obama Administration was cool toward the Dalai Lama, who was photographed exiting from the White House back door past garbage bins. Mrs. Clinton also kept quiet about Beijing’s house arrest of Liu Xia, whose crime is being married to imprisoned democracy activist and Nobel Peace laureate Liu Xiaobo.
 
"Mrs. Clinton faced a personal test in the case of blind Chinese lawyer Chen Guangcheng, who suffered years of torture and imprisonment largely for defending women subjected to forced abortion...
 
"Only after he appealed publicly to Congress and endured days of limbo did U.S. diplomats secure his ability to leave China for asylum in the U.S.
 
"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."

Read the full editorial here.

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