By China Watcher
Nicolas Sarkozy, the current French President who said he has "principled values" and one of the few leaders of which the Chinese residents dislike was literally "forced" to shake hands with the President of China at a sideline meeting of the G20 Economic forum in London. He is not laughing and his feeling is not sincere. I always believe that a picture can reveal what cannot be expressed adequately even in one thousand words. After the brickbats of protests against his administration in France, he is compelled to demonstrate to the French people that he can accomplish more in the foreign scene. Just 6 months ago, he was very cheerful when he met the Dalai Lama.
Let us hope the French has learned the painful lessons that historical ties and trusts are more important when dealing with the Chinese. Don't mince your words and do not let the wily Dalai Lama and his exiles hijack an important and beneficial relationship. Is it really worth it? Most Asian countries have realistically picked their choices but not the West and their hypocritical principled stance.