China announced last week that it is ready to sign a UN document that, upon ratification, would supposedly require the government to protect the civil and poltical rights of its citizens.

"The Chinese government is preparing to sign the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights," said Foreign Minister Qian Qichen at a news conference in Beijing, May 12th.

This is predictable public relations palaver prior to President Clinton's visit to China, later this year. Most of the rights in the pact are already "guaranteed" in China's constitution & shy; but the Stalinist regime still doesn't permit political dissent.

Copyright 1997

The Caledonian-Record

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