Cleveland, Ohio (WiredPRNews.com) — On the day before the Olympic Games held in Beijing, President George Bush said that he was having certain “deep concerns” regarding the fundamental freedoms in China. He also criticized the confinement of the believers and the dissidents although he did praise China for the immense development it has undergone in the past three decades when he first visited the country.
His remarks as part of the speech he gave on Asia in Bangkok, “distilled and recast” earlier statements that were critical of the human rights record in China. These remarks delivered on Thursday, merely hours before he departed for Beijing, represented a reprimand to the leaders of China in a very measured manner.
In that speech, Bush said that the U.S. believes Chinese people rightly deserve the basic liberty and freedom that is but every human being’s natural right. It did not mention anything in particular to the Olympics or the peculiar abuses which have brought an entirely new kind of an international criticism regarding the government of China. He stated, “So America stands in firm opposition to China’s detention of political dissidents, human rights advocates and religious activists.”
George Bush’s presence at the games has prompted criticism and debate. To counter this, the White House has taken a decision to strike a balance between an expression of support for lawyers and greater personal and political freedom in China, and the cultivating of the cooperation with the government of China on security issues.