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What Sweden Should Say about China’s Detention of its National

Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom delivered her annual foreign policy address this week, and immediately faced a storm of criticism for her failure to speak explicitly about China’s repeated arbitrary detention of Swedish citizen Gui Minhai. Wallstrom defended herself by suggesting these speeches do not normally reference specific cases. Expand Members from the pro-democracy Civic Party carry a portrait of Gui Minhai (L) and Lee Bo during a protest outside the Chinese Liaison Office in Hong Kong, China January 19, 2016. © 2016 Reuters Yet in that speech Wallstrom emphasized Sweden’s…

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