[Editor’s Note: The Dismal Political Economist has been asked to apologize to
Newark stuff in this Post, and he does so. Sometimes he just cannot resist the cheap shot.]
For the last several weeks blind Chinese dissident Chen Guancheng has made the news because he sought refuge in the
diplomatic mission in China
and then was the subject of intense discussions between the U. S. and China over his fate. When the U. S.
reached an agreement with China
and he left the embassy Conservatives rushed out to criticize the Obama
administration for bowing to the Chinese.
in particular was highly critical of the administration way before events
played themselves out.
Of course what really happened, much to the chagrin of Conservatives was that the issue was settled, and Chen has been allowed to leave
China and has
indeed left the country. As a
result, an issue which could have upset U. S. and Chinese relations for
months has apparently been settled, and in favor of human rights and the rights of Mr. Guancheng.
Chen’s dramatic escape one month ago from unlawful house arrest in his native Shandong province, and his emergence a week later at the fortified U.S. Embassy in Beijing, had threatened to derail U.S.-China relations at a time when Washington is seeking to engage China’s leaders on a wide range of global political and economic issues.
But the relatively quick resolution of Chen’s case — so sudden that Chen himself did not even know Saturday morning that he was leaving for the United States — also suggested that both countries were anxious to resolve the matter swiftly and not let it unduly affect their broader relationship.
It is hard to know if Mr. Romney’s belligerent and bellicose and downright inappropriate remarks reflect what he would have done if he had become President. After all there is a campaign and people say and do dumb things in a campaign. But if his position did reflect his policy, then once again Mr. Romney has shown he doesn’t have the right stuff to be President.
As for Mr. Guancheng, he has now landed in
and hopefully he will not be too disappointed.
Like many Americans The Dismal Political Economist has had the pleasure
of flying into and out of the Newark airport,
and if Mr. Guancheng wants to experience what American transportation systems
are really like, well, Newark
will do very nicely.