Chinese President Hu Jintao apparently got an earful from Congressional leaders of both parties during his visit to Washington D.C. Thursday, Jan. 20.
American political leaders are pressing China on nuts-and-bolts stuff like intellectual property law, access to Chinese consumer markets and currency policies. But both Nancy Pelosi and John McCain, among other notables, have also raised human rights concerns.
Does it accomplish anything when U.S. leaders lecture another country about human rights abuses? Do you think it’s likely to push the target country toward reform? Or will it only make matters worse? Are U.S. leaders pressing these issues out of real concern about human rights, or are they just posturing to impress their own constituents?