Comment from Irish media on human rights in China

IRISH EXAMINER: Chinese premier lays on the charm for Bertie
September 4, 2001


Because Premier Zhu Rongji is clearly no slouch in the charm department himself. There can’t be many world leaders who could squeeze a laugh out of a question about the imprisonment and torture of their own citizens.

But when he declared that we had got it all wrong and invited the man from RTE to visit China “free of charge” to see for himself, there were titters all round. Before everyone remembered that it couldn’t be funny because it was so serious, of course.

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