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Watching CCTV and reading between the lines : Comments

By Brian Hennessy, published 27/7/2009

The political fall-out from the arrest of Rio Tintoís Mr Stern Hu has had unintended consequences for China.

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The Chinese President faces a credability test of monumental proportions at home and abroad when it comes to taking a rigorous, consistant and impartial stance against endemic corruption by Chinese citizens and their dealings with corrupt foreign nationals.

Ironically, the Chinese President can impress the world as a true leader in the fight against corruption if he takes a public stance of maximun support and co-operation towards uncovering the facts in the judicial investigation by the Namibian judge into Chinese company corruption in Namibia.

That case must be allowed to run it's course without interferance. No doubt the President would want all evidence made available to the defense team and a prompt trial if charges are laid. Detention without trial as experinced by Stern Hu would be a nightmare.

A public declaration of full support for any judicial findings that are made in relation to President Hu Jin Tauís 38-year-old son, Hu Haifeng, could distinguish the president as a champion for the principles of justice and the fight against the scourge of corruption.
Posted by Quick response, Monday, 27 July 2009 12:03:32 PM
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Nice one Brian. The situation captured my imagination. They will come to a Zen-type decision - is that good? I am an optimist.
Posted by Stan1, Monday, 27 July 2009 6:06:50 PM
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Thanks Brian.

A very informative update on the Stern Hu case.

Rather than the complex cross-theories other commentators have put forward about China's leadership the current Namibian legal/son pressure on President Hu Jin Tau seems plausible.

Use of first hand Chinese material beats Australian rehashes of the words of American pundits any day.

Regards

Pete
Posted by plantagenet, Tuesday, 28 July 2009 3:17:44 PM
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