Tuesday, August 29, 2006
Celil Case and Chinese MFA
I think that the reason the Chinese MFA has refused to acknowledge Celil's citizenship is because the MFA is a weaker actor in China than the Security Ministry and associated Party agencies. Celil's transfer from Uzbekistan probably did not involve the MFA. So if the MFA is powerless in this matter, they have no choice but to claim the Vienna Convention does not apply because they cannot deliver consular access to us as the Security people just ignore the MFA. My conclusion: we should no longer focus so much on the Chinese MFA. Under Gotlieb we figured this out with regard to the US State Department. Similar principle applies with regard to China.