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Originally posted by richardk at 2009-12-29 20:07
So finally Akmal Shaikh was shot amid claims he was mentally ill (So say the BBC), western media have been saying he should have been let off because he had an unsubstantiated mental disorder which ...
The story of this criminal, his conviction and finally his execution as well as reaction from Europe is a great example of how little Europeans do understand China. First they pleaded that he must be considered insane, next they asked China to permit, western, "experts" who can testify his mental derangement and finally they condemned China for executing him according to the law.
The UK did build up immense pressure over the last seven to ten days hoping that China will cave-in under this onslaught. When all the accusations and fabrications didn't show the expected result, PM Brown expressed his dissatisfaction and disappointment with China's government. What the Brits did not take into account was the fact that China's decline in 1840 started with drugs, the opium war led by Britain against a weak country. Did the Brown government ever look into historic files? I doubt it.
My guess, and this does not only apply to this case but to problems between China and the EU in general, use silent and secret diplomacy, keep the media sharks at bay and respect China's laws and government and, I'm convinced, results will be much easier to achieve than using name calling, accusations and condemnations. China is not the West, never was and never will be. Of course it takes professional diplomats to do this and they are far and few between.