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'U.S. & China relations no longer center on human rights'

May 3rd, 2012
11:04 AM ET

by Christiane Amanpour

The Shawshank Prevention – “Blind man,” and “U.S Embassy” are among the terms vanishing from China’s censored social media – the Chinese are resorting to code words like Shawshank. CNN broadcasts specifically dealing with issue on AMANPOUR. and AC360 are blacked out at times.

U.S. & China relations no longer center on human rights, look at what Nancy Pelosi told me just a a couple of weeks ago (watch around 2:30 into the video, or see text just below):

AMANPOUR: What do you make of the fact that you were very vocal, that there shouldn't be, you know, the most favored nation relations between the United States and China, until they cooperated properly on human rights?

And it's not really a key plank of the Obama administration or any administration, (inaudible).

PELOSI: No, it hasn't been for any president, Democrat or Republican. But in Congress, there is –was bipartisan support for saying we want intellectuals to be treated the same way as you treat intellectual property.

We were willing to say that the Chinese, unless you stop violating our intellectual property, we're going to have some trade adjustments. But we didn't say that about human rights and intellectuals who were being persecuted.

AMANPOUR: Would you prefer to see a stronger admonition from the administration?

PELOSI: I think it's after the fact. I think 20 years ago, the United States decided to ride the Chinese tiger and China will decide when we don't any more.

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