China’s view of Tibet is an informative article by Kishore Mahbubani — dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore. Educated westerners do have some knowledge of the past while most others that I have encountered do not have a clear picture of how China has viewed the western powers : UK, France, Germany, USA, Japan, etc. Of all the G8 nations, most if not all, had invaded China one way or the other. It is surprising that the perpertrators of the greatest evil in the world : Japan and Germany now have something to say about civility and respect for human rights, as if 60 years were enough of time to wash away the blood stains that are still fresh in the memory of those who had suffered. Other than the lack of moral high ground, western powers’ motives may be construed as bargaining chips:
The lions of human rights, particularly in European capitals, behave like poodles in Beijing. Virtually all of them spend their time trying to sell products to China. Then, in passing, they will whisper that they have to mention human rights issues because when they return home they have to say that these issues were raised.