Letters - Two-speed diplomacy

For years up to the present time, Britain and America have turned a blind eye to bad governance and human rights abuses in the Arab Gulf states for their own political ends, so China (Lindsey Hilsum, "The Chinese are coming", 4 July) is not the only country that does not worry about good governance when it does not suit its political and economic agenda. I remember Madeleine Albright once saying, just before a trip to China, that she was going to lay it on the line to the Chinese government about human rights

abuses. Asked if she would do the same in Saudi Arabia on her way back from China, she waffled on about "horses for courses".

Paul Bastier
Windermere, Cumbria

This article first appeared in the 11 July 2005 issue of the New Statesman, The ghost at Gleneagles