Chinese Human-Rights Abuses

American VoicesWorld ISSUE 32•15 Nov 11, 1997

Sparked by Chinese Premier Jiang Zemin's recent visit to America, many are calling for the U.S. government to refuse trade with China until it improves its human-rights record. What do you think?

  • “Do you realize that in China, those found guilty of murder are often put to death? The U.S. should not conduct business with such a country.”

    Risa Sharp –
    Waitress

  • “We shouldn't interfere with cultures we don't understand. Perhaps, in China, impaling student protestors on sewage-encrusted bamboo stakes is a way of showing respect.”

    Edward Szold –
    Systems Analyst

  • “If we were to cruelly deny the Chinese the great taste of Diet Coke via trade sanctions, we would be no better than them.”

    Mitchell Orff –
    Ornithologist

  • “All I know is, if I have to listen to 'China Grove' on Classic Rock 101.5 one more time, I'm gonna file a human-rights complaint.”

    Randy Ulrich –
    Gardener

  • “The Chinese who work at the Rice Bowl restaurant are guilty of severe hunan-rights abuse. I ordered this dish without water chestnuts.”

    Liz Crandall –
    Student

  • “I don't think it's right that the Chinese should be allowed to meddle in the affairs of humans.”

    Ben Rublowsky –
    Lawyer