What do the words ‘rule of law’ mean to China’s leadership? This editorial from France’s Le Monde expresses the hope that those charged with leading the world’s most populous nation have learned something of the profound meaning of the phrase, from the struggle of Chen Guangcheng – a man who overcome all obstacles to fight for the rights of his own people – within the bounds of Chinese law.
The Le Monde editorial says in part:
Economic interdependence does not prevent strategic suspicion, which is increasingly on display in the Western Pacific, where Americans and Chinese are often a step away from clashing.
For the sake of the values the Democratic president defends, we must hope that Barack Obama has obtained the strongest possible assurances from Chinese authorities concerning Mr. Chen’s situation.
We must also hope that Chinese leaders have seized on at least one of the messages that a young, blind lawyer is sending them: the future of China is the rule of law, not a reign of thugs.
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