February 20, 2009
Making her first trip abroad as secretary of state, Clinton said three of her top priorities in Beijing will be addressing the global economic crisis, climate change and security challenges such as the North Korean nuclear weapons programme.That's right. Human rights, the freedom of the people of Taiwan and Tibet—these things are less important than...Manbearpig.
"Now, that doesn't mean that questions of Taiwan, Tibet, human rights, the whole range of challenges that we often engage on with the Chinese, are not part of the agenda," Clinton told reporters in Seoul before flying to Beijing. "But we pretty much know what they are going to say.
"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 crises," she added. "We have to have a dialogue that leads to an understanding and cooperation on each of those."
I agree that we should be working with the Chinese on North Korea in a way that gets something done about the nightmare regime that runs the show there, and that we have to work with them on the global economic crisis, but saying, essentially, "We know what the ChiComs are going to say about some of these issues, so let's not even try" isn't exactly what I would call inspiring leadership.
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