Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Chinese Threat

No sooner had Nicolas Sarkozy announced his intention to go to China for the opening of the Olympics as the representative of both France and the EU, thus withdrawing the threat of a boycott in protest of the crackdown in Tibet, than China announced a threat of its own: there will be "grave consequences" if Sarkozy meets with the Dalai Lama when the latter visits Paris in August. Cohn-Bendit is scandalized by Sarkozy's decision. So is Robert Menard. Pierre Moscovici is flabbergasted by China's threat, which does leave Sarkozy in rather an awkward position.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I guess this is a lesson to the western world from Beijing. You send your tribute and grovel at our court with letter and kisses, this is how we will treat you - with more threats.

Stand up to us like Angela Merkel and we might reward you with more contracts.

Anonymous said...

Maybe Art will remember that what he is describing is very similar to the threats issued by the United States any time a world leader would publicize or consider plans to meet with Pedro Albiz Campos - similar bully strategy, just slightly different times.