While the New Zealand government is quick to criticise oppressive government regimes in countries like Zimbabwe or Fiji, its an entirely different story when it comes to China.
When you are looking to sign a free trade agreement with the Chinese Stalinist regime, you turn a blind eye to the more 'unpleasant' aspects of the Chinese government.
Like the continued violent oppression of the Tibetan people.
Prime Minister Clark's response to the current Tibetan uprising is political and moral cowardice on a grand scale.
According to Clark her government has said nothing about the current Tibetan situation because 'she 'wants to find out the full story behind the riots'.
As Green MP Keith Locke has commented these are just 'weasel words'.
This government will say nothing and do nothing as it seeks to sign a disastrous free trade agreement with the Chinese regime.
Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters in Parliament last week also failed to condemn the Chinese government. Questioned by Locke, Peters would only go as far as to say the government had 'concerns' about the Chinese government's human rights record.
More than 1.2 million Tibetans have died as a result of the Chinese occupation of Tibet in 1950. The Chinese regime have destroyed and looted over 600,000 Buddhist monasteries. At the present time more than 4,000 Tibet political activists are are being held in jails and labour camps.
Last year PM Clark described the Zimbabwe regime as 'appalling' and in 2005 she commented she 'would not be seen dead' in that country. Its a pity Clark can't find it in herself to make similar comments about the Chinese regime.