Sunday, 6 April 2008

China- support heroes like Hu Jia

I have the cover story in Tribune this week with an article I wrote on China just as the latest bout Tibetan repression was beginning. The article is here.

The dissident whom I quoted at the end of the article, Hu Jia, was jailed for 3 and a half years on Friday for 'inciting to subvert state power.'

I don't support a boycott of the Olympics. That is weak gesturism. A more direct and critical form of engagement is the better approach. Embarrass China, pressure it, but don't isolate it. In so doing, we will support the heroism of people like Hu Jia.

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