Thursday, April 27, 2006

Bush anger over refugee sent back to North Korea

The British Telegraph reports that President Bush did indeed put Hu Jintao, the Chinese leader, on the spot about North Korean refugees in China when Hu visited the States, highlighting the case of Kim Chun-Hee.

“Urged on by a powerful church group from his childhood home of Midland, Texas, Bush raised her plight with Hu Jintao, the Chinese leader.

“Predictably, Mr Hu listened blankly to Mr Bush's comments during talks in the Oval Office, offering no response or comment - the standard Chinese approach when Western governments raise human rights concerns.

"Kim Chun-Hee is a symbol for thousands and thousands of other refugees we don't know about, and that's why she is so important as an example for us all," said Deborah Fikes, the executive director of the alliance, based in the town where Mr Bush was raised.

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