Delivered in Plenary - 21st Setember 2010
The PRC remains a ruthless communist dictatorship, but every day capitalist China achieves another economic record. It is about to overtake Japan as the world’s second economy and is already – astonishingly – far and away Brazil’s number one trading partner, as China goes truly global.
We all know of its massive scramble for natural resources in Africa and its shameful backing for the indicted war criminal, President Bashir, in Sudan and the Mugabe dictatorship in Zimbabwe. I worry about the risk of a proxy war in Sudan, with China backing the north and the Americans the south, in the south’s quest for independence.
At this summit, I do hope that ratification of the ICCPR and reform of the notorious Laogai labour camps will also be raised. Once piece of good news in my view – and I speak as President of the EP-Taiwan Friendship Group – is that communist China, the PRC, is now treating Taiwan with much more respect and there is much more detente across the straits.