December 2, 2008
As a Chinese national, I am all for the Chinese government’s decision to cancel the EU-China summit.
When you have a summit with a supposedly “strategic partner”, you expect to receive treatment as such. If the Europeans cannot stop their outrageous way of asking the Chinese for economic cooperation on the one hand but rubbing their face in the sand politically on the other, they should not expect a smiling face from China.
Meeting the Dalai Lama is not something of a “spiritual bonding” as the French label it. It is a political statement against China: even a fool knows this. Mixing with the Dalai Lama stands for supporting what he is for, and he is for separating Tibet from China under the name of “Tibetan autonomy”. That is how all Chinese view this issue and they reject it offhand.
If Europeans do not respect the Chinese view, then they can mix with the Dalai Lama as much as they want, but don’t expect the Chinese to pretend nothing has happened and still do business as usual with Europeans.
Confucius once put it well: “Do not do onto others as you would not have them do onto you.” Europeans should learn the right way to treat a partner. If you feel that the Chinese have slapped you in the face, please remember it was you who did so first to the Chinese.
Chinese nationalAuthor : Letters to the EurActiv editor