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My Camera Editorial Advisory Board comment published on April 12, 2008, in response to the Camera’s question: German Chancellor Angela Merkel has announced she will not attend the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics in a show of protest over the recent unrest in Tibet. It is unclear if President Bush will attend the fete. What do you think is the best course for Bush and other world leaders to follow to pressure China to change its policies on Tibet, human rights issues and it’s involvement in the crisis in Sudan?

President Bush has already announced he will attend the Beijing Olympics opening ceremonies, and I believe he should. Unless the U.S. engages in an all-out boycott of the games, our president should be there to support our athletes. Many of them have dreamed and worked much of their lives to compete in the Olympics.

However, President Bush should not go to China without clarifying in a statement his positions on Tibet, Darfur, Myanmar and other areas where China’s policies have caused immeasurable human suffering and death. He should also call on other world leaders to join him in what should be a strong rebuke of China’s human rights policies. Together they should vow to use whatever social and economic sanctions they can muster against China until China changes its ways.

As China hosts the Olympics with the slogan, “One World, One Dream,” China needs a clear message from President Bush and other world leaders that the dream must include human rights for all.

Source: Daily Camera

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