The US and Chinese flags outside a hotel in Beijing. Photo: AFP The US and Chinese flags outside a hotel in Beijing. Photo: AFP
The US and Chinese flags outside a hotel in Beijing. Photo: AFP
Martin Powers
Opinion

Opinion

Asian Angle by Martin Powers

The West portrays itself as a defender of human rights, but does it still have a right to moral leadership?

  • The United States, Britain and European nations have a history of ‘weaponising’ human rights in foreign policy
  • Throughout late imperial history, China has rarely blamed other nations, their religion or race, for domestic problems

The US and Chinese flags outside a hotel in Beijing. Photo: AFP The US and Chinese flags outside a hotel in Beijing. Photo: AFP
The US and Chinese flags outside a hotel in Beijing. Photo: AFP
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Martin Powers

Martin Powers

Martin Powers is Professor Emeritus at the University of Michigan. He has written three books on the history of social justice in China. Two of these won the Levenson Prize for best book in pre-1900 Chinese Studies.