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Why China Favors the Human Rights Dialogue with the U.S. (2)

Posted by Author on May 21, 2010

Li Tianxiao, via The Epochtimes, May. 20 – (cont’d)

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Second, under the Dialogue’s current format, the CCP has no obligation to make tangible improvements in the human rights arena. Both sides only exchange their views and ideas of issues, agree to keep the conversation going and book the next meeting. Consequently, the Dialogue is merely a formality. The particulars of human rights abuses by the CCP become little more than agenda topics recorded on paper for discussion.

Due to core value differences between both countries, the Dialogue arrangement as it stands will never have any constructive impact. The CCP has only used the format as a stage for academic discussion, in order to spin images of counterfeit progress in the area of human rights. The CCP wants to create the illusion that “human rights in China is under control and being regulated.” Even if consensus on occasion were to be reached, the CCP would predictably fail to comply.

Bargaining chip

Third, the CCP uses the Dialogue as a bargaining chip with the U.S. A new round of U.S.-China Human Rights Dialogue was scheduled before February of this year, set up when President Obama visited China last November. However, the CCP postponed the Dialogue, using excuses of its dissatisfaction with issues such as the U.S. arms sales to Taiwan, Obama’s meeting with the Dalai Lama, and the exchange rate between the RMB and the U.S. dollar.

The CCP’s human rights violations are indeed crimes that should be punished. While the Human Rights Dialogue, by design, is supposed to be a mechanism to supervise the CCP in improving human rights, on the contrary, the CCP has used the Dialogue as a means to exchange interests with the U.S.: exactly the same strategy that North Korea used with the U.S. in participating in the six-party talks.

Finally, the Human Rights Dialogue has become the warm-up prologue to the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue, with its second round to be held in Beijing on May 24 and 25. Excluding the Human Rights Dialogue from the Strategic Dialogue seriously downplays the significance of the Human Rights Dialogue. The CCP would love to see the Human Rights Dialogue reduced to the realm of being a mere formality.

In order to make the Human Rights Dialogue constructive, it must be transparent and open to the public. It must have a clear road map, with specific goals as markers to measure progress.

To date, the “under the table” kind of human rights dialogue format is futile. Rather than presenting concerns to the world about human rights issues in China, it is more likely to be a shield for the CCP.

U.S. Congressman Dana Rohrabacher has appropriately expressed that one will never win in dialogue with either dictators or mobs. To effectively improve the human rights situation in China, the U.S. should take stronger measures than simply entertaining dialogue. (END)

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