Hollow phrase-mongering

PUBLISHED : Friday, 05 January, 1996, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 05 January, 1996, 12:00am

I WAS overcome with a feeling of nausea when I read the article headlined, 'Beijing in blast at critics of Wei trial' (South China Morning Post, December 30).

I absolutely support the protests against Wei Jingsheng's imprisonment and this great man has my full sympathy. Just for that reason I am disgusted about France's reproach of China for not taking into account 'the international indignation and requests for clemency'.

The proverb about throwing stones in glass-houses does not seem to have an equivalent in the French language.

Carrying out its insane nuclear test programme in the South Pacific in defiance of the protests and petitions of millions of people and dozens of governments, the French Government is the least qualified to criticise any country for not listening to world opinion.

The use of such rhetoric by the French Foreign Ministry is another sickening display of the hypocrisy and lack of ethics and political sensitivity of those running l'Etat.

This hollow phrase-mongering is certainly not based on an honest interest in political development in China, let alone any empathy for Wei Jingsheng.

It is, in fact, an encouragement of China ('Simply don't care about the rest of the world. Look how well we are getting away with it') and a cynical slap in the face of those driven by genuine concern for China's democratic future.