Ideological confrontation is the default mode for some Westerners and Western media when it comes to issues of human rights. For these people, it has become an intuitive reaction to point their fingers at China when anyone they consider a dissident is detained or arrested on legal grounds.
The detention of artist Ai Weiwei is no exception.
They were so eager to criticize China that they were too impatient to wait for the completion of the necessary judicial procedure and reacted before the relevant Chinese public security department announced why Ai was detained.
Instead, they started their customary verbal condemnation of China without any hesitation, asserting that the detention of Ai was for political reasons.
Mo Nong is a senior writer with China Daily.
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