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Extraditing Snowden Would Be a Mistake (Global Times, China)

 

If Washington is hoping China will extradite Edward Snowden, it may have a long wait. According to this editorial from China's state-run Global Times, the only 'crime' Snowden committed was to 'blow the whistle on the U.S. government's violation of civil rights,' and to return him would be a 'face-losing outcome' for both Hong Kong and China, and would disappoint global public opinion.

 

EDITORIAL

 

June 17, 2013

 

People's Republic of China Global Times Original Article (English)

A child holds up a cut-out of whistleblower Edward Snowden, during a demonstration outrside the U.S. Consulate in Hong Kong, June 15.

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More than 20 civic organizations in Hong Kong held a demonstration last weekend to support Edward Snowden, the former CIA employee and whistleblower. Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying has said that his government will handle the case "according to the laws and established procedures of Hong Kong." A poll initiated by the South China Morning Post shows that more than half of Hong Kongers surveyed oppose extraditing Snowden. Beijing, however, has yet to make an explicit statement.

 

Washington must be grinding its teeth, because Snowden's revelations have nearly ruined America's image as defender of a free Internet. After losing that asset, which has been abused by the U.S. government to boss others around, the chances that it won't want Snowden to be extradited are nil.

 

However, if Snowden were extradited, it would be a face-losing outcome for both the government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and China's central government. Unlike a common criminal, Snowden hurt no one. His "crime" is that he blew the whistle on the U.S. government's violation of civil rights. His action supported "human rights" as defined by the U.N. Charter, and has been applauded around the world.

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Snowden believes in Hong Kong democracy and freedom and his whistle-blowing is in the global public interest. Therefore, extraditing Snowden would not only be a betrayal of Snowden's trust, but a disappointment for expectations around the world. The image of Hong Kong would be forever tarnished.

 

Diplomatically, Snowden has cast a shadow over renewed Sino-U.S. relations, just after the meeting between President Xi and Obama. The sooner the incident is wrapped up, the better ties between the two countries will be.

 

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Cyber attacks, a weapon the U.S. government frequently uses, have turned into its own Achilles' heel. China is generous enough not to hype the incident in consideration of Sino-U.S. relations, but China's government bears no responsibility for helping the U.S. quench the fire.

 

Sino-U.S. ties have some inherent flexibility. On the one hand, pressured by public opinion, Washington must have made preparations in the event it fails to have Snowden extradited. On the other, Beijing must demonstrate that it can't be pushed according to Washington's wishes.

 

The consequences of extraditing Snowden would be more troublesome than the alternative, because the local reaction would bring added difficulty to both Hong Kong and the Chinese mainland.

 

China's growing power is attracting asylum seekers to China. That is unavoidable and should be used to accumulate moral standing.

 

The "no comment" attitude of China's central government and the ambiguous statements of the Hong Kong administration are the proper reactions. China should follow public opinion and safeguard its own interests.

 

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Posted By Worldmeets.US June 17, 2013, 1:29pm