posted on Jul, 16 2009 @ 09:17 PM
In case you haven’t heard,
The most senior exec from one of Australia’s largest companies Rio Tinto has been charged with spying in China.
A government official from Aus said this “It’s almost inconceivable that Mr Hu could be guilty of stealing state secrets; at least, of stealing
what a Western government would regard as state secrets. He is, after all. a well-respected senior manager in one of the world’s most reputable
businesses His “crime”, almost certainly, amounts to no more than trying to find out as much as he could about his commercial partners and
engaging in tough negotiations with them. The difference between most commercial negotiations and those in China is that Chinese ones usually involve
an enterprise that it sometimes suits the government to regard as an extension of itself. Only in a communist autocracy could trying to get from a
government-owned business the best possible price for your product and for your shareholders be regarded as a crime against the state”
Hopefully our Prime Minister a Chinese expert and fluent in Mandarin can destabilize the situation and bring home Mr Hu. Unlike the U.S trade
Secretary, Mr Rudd (Aust PM) has not made any phone calls and has only voiced his concerns using “megaphone diplomacy”. It just shows how careful
he wants to be in dealing with Aus largest trade partner.
In my opinion countries will start having second thoughts about dealing with China economically. Although China seems to think the world needs there
business, regardless of their human rights issues against their own or even our own people.