During a speech given 11/10/2017 before his departure from China President Trump described Xi Jinping as being “…a highly respected and powerful representative of his people.”. (Source: https://globalnews.ca/news/3853907/donald-trump-praise-xi-jinping-chinese-leader/)
By whom? was our first reaction. The USA? Seems to us a little clarification is required on this, after all if the Chinese leader is indeed ‘respected’ then what precisely is being accorded such approbation? It’s unlikely Donald Trump was referring to a personal quality of China’s President, we can though be sure his comment was in praise of Xi’s political leadership.
Let’s take a moment here to reflect on that. The President of the United States, an albeit dysfunctional nation yet built upon principles of individual liberty and democracy, is openly admiring a totalitarian dictator, unelected by the people of China. A man who presides over the world’s most repressive regime. Under which censorship, torture, forced-labor camps and executions ensure that Xi Jinping and his Communist Chinese Party maintain total control.
Unless of course Trump’s remark was cosmetic posturing, a diplomatic nicety, which both parties inwardly recognize as such. However, in singling out Xi Jinping for such a compliment the President is saying that he cares little for China’s harrowing record on human rights or the brutal oppression of Tibetans. Indeed his comment, if taken to its logical conclusion, is essentially approving such violations, since Xi Jinping, his political ideology and political regime is responsible for the long and dark list of atrocities which blights China and occupied lands such as Tibet and East Turkestan.
We reckon some clarity is in order on this matter and we’ll be contacting the Whitehouse and State Department to get a response. You can help too. Why not ask your Senator to raise the following question:
‘Does the President consider the leadership of Xi Jinping to be a dictatorship and if so would he explain his description of the Chinese leader as “highly respected”
Send it online via https://www.senate.gov/senators/contact/
Readers from other countries of our site could present a similar question to their representative