puremagic wrote:Here’s my problem with this case. No one speaks of the US policy known as the Mexico City Policy also known as, the Global Gag Rule.
I applaud Chen’s efforts, however, Chen’s not fighting China’s policy, he’s fighting a US imposed policy that undermines China’s family planning policy along with other countries around the world.
The Mexico City Policy was first imposed by the Reagan administration at the 1984 United Nations International Conference on Population in Mexico City. It was rescinded in 1993 by President Clinton, reinstated in 2001 by President George W. Bush, and once again rescinded by President Obama in 2009.
As part of the State Department’s 2013 fiscal budget, Congress reinstated the Global Gag Rule which is administered by USAID – see the implication.
Is any of that the point? He wants to leave China now because he fears for his family's safety because he spoke against the Chinese government. What his opinions mean to you or what they mean when compared to some policy seem to be neither here nor there...
He should have thought about that shit beforehand. Do you think Chen did not know that his life and that of his family would be in danger the moment he became a political activist and started speaking out against China’s family planning policy?
Your damn right it’s on point because it’s all about politics. You seem to forget how China’s human right policy always finds its way into any discussion of US/China relationships; yet, it always gets downplayed. Well there’s the reason why, the Mexico City Policy and whether you think it’s a factor or not - it’s a political reality. Here’s another political reality, China retained most-favorite-nation trade status even during and after the Tiananmen Square incident, with no human rights strings attached.
Chen and his family may get to leave China, but what started out as a political coup for the US has cost the U.S. some major negotiating points, now that Chen wants to leave with his family which would be in China’s best interest.
SIN EATERS--We take the moral excrement we find in this equation and we bury it down deep inside of us so that the rest of our case can stay pure. That is the job. We are morally indefensible and absolutely necessary.