When China was given the opportunity to host the 2008 Summer Olympics, the country’s politicians promised to improve their image and human rights record at home and abroad.
That promise was never fulfilled.
Chinese human rights activists still go to jail when they publicly criticize the country’s political system.
When monks and ordinary people protested the Chinese political, economic, and religious repression in Tibet, China reacted violently and with full force, killing and wounding many people.
China’s government still fully supports repressive regimes and dictatorships around the world and especially in Africa.
Among others, China is the main supporter of the Sudanese regime. China led other nations in blocking UN reports on Darfur, claiming that the human suffering in that Sudanese region was insufficient to provoke serious reflection on whether Sudan was fulfilling its responsibilities to its citizens.
China’s interest in Sudan is oil and the Chinese will do everything to be on good terms with the Sudanese government. China is buying about 60% of Sudan’s oil, which covers 6% of China’s crude oil needs.
At the same time, China is Sudan’s biggest weapons supplier.
Considering the widespread protests along the Olympic torch route around the world, one would think that China would at least try to get its act together a few months before the games and continue to support some of the world’s worst dictators after the Olympics.
Robert Mugabe’s Zimbabwe is one of China’s allies in Africa.
Over 80% of Zimbabweans are currently unemployed and live in poverty. It is estimated that over 3 million citizens, one fourth of the population, have left the country in recent years. For those who remained, life expectancy is 34 years for women and 37 years for men.
Zimbabwe’s inflation in January 2008 stood at 100,580%, a new world record. For years, the country has been experiencing chronic food and fuel shortages.
For the last three weeks, the situation in Zimbabwe is on the edge of explosion.