Free Tibet!

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Chinese PM Wen Jiabao is currently in Britain for economic talks and of course his visit was met with protesters regarding Tibet. This is an issue I am sure the Chinese government wishes would simply crawl away and die, but it won’t. I am not sure if I agreed with the protests that took place during the torch relay in the lead-up to the Olympics. I agree that China is wrong to simply close doors to the world on such an issue as their invasion and assimilation of Tibet into China, but I think that perhaps there could have been better avenues to stage such a protest.

I think with China being such a prominent player in the modern world, it’s time they took steps to becoming more open about their internal issues. Simply banning anything that mentions the two T’s; Tibet and Taiwan is ridiculous in this day and age.

So who is right? Who is wrong? Is it right for protesters who support Tibet to dog the Chinese government members wherever they go? The talks are economic in nature – with the world economy obviously being a hot topic at the moment. Many nations such as England would only jump at the chance to forge firm partnerships with China moving forward – who wouldn’t want a slice of that most lucrative pie?
But where does it become right to ignore ethical issues as as the repression of Tibet in favour of economic ties? I do know that China is more open about the whole Tibet issue now as the Olympics showed just how damaging to it’s all important global image the problem actually is. It’s funny that it takes something of that magnitude to force their hand. Perhaps the protests did work some good. Perhaps they did choose the right outlet. Perhaps if they didn’t, the issue wouldn’t be so well known throughout the world and the Chinese would continue to do what they were doing with absolutely no heed to what anyone else thought – of course, it’s not our business is it?

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