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Clinton Calls for Bush Boycott of Olympic Ceremony

By Perry Bacon Jr.
Criticizing the Chinese government for its attitude on human rights, Hillary Clinton today said President Bush should not attend the opening ceremonies of the Olympics in Beijing this summer.

"The violent clashes in Tibet and the failure of the Chinese government to use its full leverage with Sudan to stop the genocide in Darfur are opportunities for Presidential leadership," Clinton said in a statement released by her campaign. "These events underscore why I believe the Bush administration has been wrong to downplay human rights in its policy towards China."

"I encourage the Chinese to take advantage of this moment as an opportunity to live up to universal human aspirations of respect for human rights and unity, ideals that the Olympic games have come to represent," she added.

Clinton's husband pushed to increase trade with China, but Clinton has in recent weeks sharply criticized the regime there. Her call for Bush to boycott the Olympics reflects the view of many congressional Democrats, but the White House has insisted Bush will attend the ceremonies.

By Web Politics Editor  |  April 7, 2008; 5:56 PM ET
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