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There are two problems foreign dignitaries face in China: the authorities there can do anything, and they may not want to do anything. Li Wenling and Lu Chunfeng, authors of "The State of Diplomacy," a study presented to the China Development Forum on November 15, spoke about these two issues with Xinhua.
Li, deputy director of the Foreign Ministry's Information Department, noted that the strategy and tactic of the Chinese government in dealing with foreign dignitaries varies. "If a high-profile head of state visits, the Chinese authorities will send a high-ranking state protocol delegation, with the aim of showing the world that the Chinese government is good and transparent."
"But some foreign dignitaries are afraid the government will take the opportunity to test them or make demands on them," Li added. "The Chinese government can do anything but doesn't need to do anything. In China, they can always be happy to cooperate, find fault, or impose demands, but as far as actual demands are concerned, they can be made of no one."
Li's reference to the possibility that China could impose demands on foreign dignitaries is a reference to the Li Ka-shing case. Li Ka-shing is the richest man in Hong Kong and a former property developer. He enjoys an all-time record of friendly ties with the Chinese government. But last year, he set the record straight by publishing a book in which he criticized Chinese corruption. Now, both the Chinese government and his compatriots feel that he might as well be a "foreign dignitary" -- as far as they are concerned.
China's capacity to set demands on foreigners is not limited to the Li Ka-shing incident. "Foreign dignitaries who do business in China might be asked by the Chinese government to make a contribution to a Chinese NGO or buy a Chinese company," explained Li. "But if they find fault with the government's behavior, this attitude often doesn't change."
The time for indecision on the part of foreign dignitaries isn't over, Li pointed out. "Ahead of President 0b46394aab