Beyond Tibet, how should or could the west intervene in Chinese human rights?

I personally dont believe China is prepared to grant sovereignty to Tibet any time soon. If it did, that would not conceivably do much for human rights reform in China as a whole. We the west see no reason why China shouldnt be seen to be cleaning up their act and allow people the basic liberties we take for... show more I personally dont believe China is prepared to grant sovereignty to Tibet any time soon. If it did, that would not conceivably do much for human rights reform in China as a whole. We the west see no reason why China shouldnt be seen to be cleaning up their act and allow people the basic liberties we take for granted. Without defending the Chinese reigime Id like to highlight a difference between here and the east. A large part of human rights consists of workers rights. Workers in China as we know are treated extremely poorly. Infact, a major reason China is becoming an economic superpower is its cheap labour costs. Therefore, to the Chinese government, granting western rights to these people will result in powerful unions [of many many millions] which would decrease the countries global competitiveness through demand for much pay increase.
Update: Therefore, is the longterm economic success of the west in part due to the industrial revolution arriving long before the unions gradually gained the power to allow people strike? The richest western corporations which we support will always look for the cheapest most underprivilaged workers to make our... show more Therefore, is the longterm economic success of the west in part due to the industrial revolution arriving long before the unions gradually gained the power to allow people strike?

The richest western corporations which we support will always look for the cheapest most underprivilaged workers to make our products competitively. They will say that they must do so to survive in the global economy. Therefore, we too sponsor and benefit economically from the poor workers situation in China. What can we realistically do to encourage reform in China?

Sighting the 'freeing' of Iraq as an example of western naivity towards the longterm evolutionary process required for a creating a stable and free society; doesnt it figure that you cant just dish out civil rights in an environment which is incapable of upholding them?
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