ABC Online are reporting that two titans of obstinacy, China and Jon Stanhope, are at loggerheads over the murder of Zhang Hong Jie (aka Steffi, but can we at least give the poor girl the dignity of her name?).
Mr Stanhope will not co-operate with the Chinese authorities as long as they refuse to rule out the death penalty. While the Chinese will not extradite one of their own for pretty solid historical reasons.
I’m vehemently opposed to any death penalty exercised by our own government, but I have to say I’m ambivalent about others who choose to tolerate it in their own.
While we seem to be sending some bad signals to chinese students, and possibly business people, there is a bright side. Murderers who can skip town before their crime is discovered would appear to have a green light.
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Lets see if our friend Marika Harvey now doing PR for ACT Tourism can craft a campaign around that.