Wellington, June 22 (ANI): A majority of New Zealanders have expressed outrage over the government apologising to China for Member of Parliament Russel Norman's embarrassing scuffle with a visiting Chinese delegation, saying that there was no need to suck up to the Chinese, and called for a protection of human rights in Tibet and other countries.
According to the New Zealand Herald, some of its readers believe that it was an "attention-seeking stunt".
Others said that an apology from the Prime Minister without an inquiry "sends the wrong signal", while others say it was necessary to save face after the Green Party co-leader"""s "intimidating" protest for Tibetans.
"I view what's his name Norman as a loony, left wing, sort of cliched political pantomime actor in a suit ... In this instance, however, I think the embarrassment is with the Government who placed the rights and freedoms enjoyed by all New Zealand behind the interests to kissing up to the Chinese," said Odette, one of the readers.
Others shared similar sentiments in defence of New Zealand"""s freedom of speech.
"It"""s not complicated - the New Zealand Government is simply scared of a bigger, tougher Government," said Charles, another reader.
Others, however, criticised Dr Norman for his rudeness.
"No, John Key should not have to apologise to the Chinese delegation, but Russel Norman should - on his hands and knees," said Zuxian.
"Of course Key was right to apologise ... China is the only reason why New Zealand, and Australia, are not going through the current economic and social travails of Greece and Spain," said Wayne Lo, from Auckland"""s Mt Albert.
"The Chinese have a tradition of resisting public pressure, not to mention public humiliation," said Auckland University"""s Dr Jian Yang, an expert in China"""s foreign relations.
The incident might not only dissuade Chinese leaders from visiting in the future, but it could also be counterproductive to promoting Tibetan interests, Dr Yang said. (ANI)