The first television ads of Mitt Romney’s general election campaign boasted of how he would confront China’s leaders, whom he branded “cheaters” on economic policy. He would be a president, he said, who “stands up to China on trade and demands they play by the rules.” Yet before he held public office — at a crucial moment for the communist foreign government — he was one of the chief Western voices arguing that critics should overlook China’s human rights record and welcome their application for a top ticket to international legitimacy: hosting the Olympic Games in Beijing.
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