Thursday, 10 February 2011

Aquino has damaged another partnership

South China Morning Post

The diplomatic debacle over the killing of Hong Kong tourists by a gunman in Manila six months ago should have been an epiphany for Philippine President Benigno Aquino. His decision to put protocol ahead of common sense by communicating first and foremost with Beijing drove ties with our city to all-time lows. But that lesson does not seem to have sunk in, as the handling of the deporting of 14 Taiwanese suspected criminals to the mainland demonstrates. From a politically correct viewpoint, it would seem sensible, but in the cold light of reality it is a poor substitute for doing what is right.


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