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Our Tibet protests all sound and fury

By

Sam Roggeveen

@SamRoggeveen

9 April 2008 17:24

If I understand Graeme Dobell's analysis on ABC radio this morning correctly, Kevin Rudd will not mind at all that the Chinese Embassy in Canberra registed complaints about Rudd's Washington comments on human right abuses in Tibet. Rudd, after all, used quite moderate and careful language in Washington, on the basis of which he can now claim that he has stood up to Beijing on human rights. Beijing, in turn, has saved face by lodging the protest. All of which makes this AFP piece about Rudd walking into a 'diplomatic row' in Beijing look a bit breathless and naive.