Must-Read: Business Does Not Bring Freedom

Saturday, May 5, 2012
From an editorial in today's New York Times, "Don't Believe China's Promises," by famed former Chinese political prisoner and pro-democracy leader Wei Jingsheng:

In my time, the Communist Party kept its promise for as long as one year because human rights were directly linked with trade. Now that such international pressure does not exist, the party no longer feels the need to keep its word. The Chinese leadership does not fear the United States government; it only fears the loss of its power.

Human rights have been overpowered by economic interests; the cause is as hopeless as that of the big United States trade deficit with China. With the loss of any viable economic means to pressure and penalize the Chinese Communist Party, one has to ask: On what basis does America believe that the Chinese government will keep the promises it makes?