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PM abandoned principle for trade over Tibet

Published 10/12/2013

DAVID Cameron's calculation that sacrificing Tibet is in Britain's interests is as unwise as it is unprincipled.

Just 7% of British people questioned in an ICM poll for Free Tibet consider trade with China more important than human rights in Tibet.

Beyond these shores, raising human rights in Sri Lanka and burying them in China sends an unmistakable signal that there is an inverse relationship between the wealth of a country and the UK's willingness to defend those it oppresses.

Britain cannot expect such double standards to go unnoticed.

Tibet is a test case for principle and statesmanship. Mr Cameron has failed that test. His Faustian bargain with China will have repercussions far beyond Tibet.


Director, Free Tibet

Belfast Telegraph

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